Crowdfunding sought to keep Turing-Welchman codebreaking exhibit in public view

9 March 2018
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Crowdfunding appeal set up to relocate the reconstruction of the Turing-Welchman Bombe to the National Museum of Computing.

The National Museum of Computing is located on the Bletchley Park Estate but, unlike the rest of the Estate, the Museum relies on sponsorship and public funding to operate.


One of the exhibits at Bletchley Park Estate is a reconstruction of the Turing-Welchman Bombe, an electro-mechanical device designed by Alan Turing and refined by Gordon Welchman, that was used to decipher Enigma messages during the Second World War. The exhibit needs a new home and the National Museum of Computing was approached to house the exhibit in future.


Andrew Herbert, chair of The National Museum of Computing, said: “As a pre-computing electro-mechanical device, the Bombe will help our visitors better understand the beginnings of computing and the general thought processes that led to the development of Colossus and subsequent computers. The story of the design of the Bombe by Alan Turing, the father of computer science, leads very appropriately into the eight decades of computing that we curate.”


IET Fellow Professor Andrew Clark is an expert in information security and is a Director and Trustee of the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.


Professor Clark said: “The Turing-Welchman Bombe reconstruction is an outstanding exhibit but a minimum of £50,000 is needed to keep the Bombe accessible to the public at The National Museum of Computing.. The money will go towards a new gallery that will house the exhibit. We have set up a crowdfunding site and are seeking support in one ‘final push’ to secure a new home for the Bombe.”


If you are interested in making a donation to the Crowdfunder which officially closes on Tuesday 13 March 2018 at 9.30am, please visit: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/new-display (Donations after this date can be received at http://www.tnmoc.org/support/make-donation).  


More information about the appeal can be found on the National Museum of Computing website. http://www.tnmoc.org/