Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, the former top-secret home of Britain’s World War two Codebreakers, has claimed two awards at last night’s UK Heritage Awards 2020. The historic site, now a museum and heritage attraction, won the ‘Must Visit’ award and the Judges’ Discretionary Award of ‘Best in Heritage’.
The ‘Must Visit’ was awarded to Bletchley Park’s latest exhibition, D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion, which opened in 2019 and tells the story of Bletchley Park’s crucial role in the Normandy landings. The judges said it was a ‘perfectly pitched entry for this category’ and that it was a ‘valuable piece of our history that really is a must-see.’
Bletchley Park scored highly in every category it entered. The judges noted that, ‘Visitors to Bletchley Park are given the opportunity to gain an insight into a unique part of British history with an experience that is educational, entertaining an enjoyable for all ages. Special recognition is deserved for Bletchley’s continued efforts in restoring and preserving this unique site for future generations.’
Rebecca Foy, Director of Public Engagement at Bletchley Park said: “We’re delighted to have won ‘Must Visit’ and ‘Best in Heritage’ at the UK Heritage Awards. 2020 has not been an easy year for heritage, so to be named as winners in these categories is a welcome boost. The feedback from the judges is testament to the hard work that has gone into restoring the site and the great visitor experience our team provides.”
“We encourage anyone who hasn’t yet visited Bletchley Park to visit – we are open daily and need your support! As an independent charity that receives no regular funding, closing to the public earlier this year due to COVID has hit us hard. We rely on visitor income to ensure that our story is preserved for generations to come. And if you can’t visit, you can support us by becoming a Friend, sponsoring a brick, or donating.”
The highly coveted UK Heritage Awards recognise the very best historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites in the UK, as well as the finest places to stay. They are hosted by Visit Heritage, one of the UK’s leading heritage, tourism and destination marketing companies. Due to Covid-19, this year’s winners were named in a virtual awards ceremony.
Bletchley Park is ‘Good to Go’ which is the official UK mark from Visit England to signal they have worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines. Visitors must pre-book.