A consortium led by Milton Keynes College, and supported by the Bletchley Park Trust, has been granted £28 million by the Department for Education to build an Institute of Digital Technology (IoT) at Bletchley Park.
The IoT will be located in Block D, part of the original wartime site. Its main function was the vitally important one of breaking, deciphering and analysing German Enigma coded messages. This large bespoke building represented the growth in scale and effectiveness of the codebreaking operation at Bletchley Park as the site rapidly expanded to accommodate almost 9,000 Codebreakers by the end of the war. The intelligence produced there was vital in ensuring Allied victory in World War Two.
The project is part of exciting times ahead for Bletchley Park as more of the site is being put back into use, and as the Trust continue with ongoing restoration plans over the coming years.
Iain Standen, Chief Executive of the Bletchley Park Trust, said: “We are delighted that the go ahead has been received to allow an IoT to be established in Block D. Bletchley Park is a place where innovative digital technology was pioneered, and this legacy will undoubtedly inspire the future generations who learn here. We look forward to working with Milton Keynes College and partners to make this plan a reality.”
More information can be found here on the Milton Keynes College website: https://www.mkcollege.ac.uk/news/all-systems-go-for-mk-college-institute-of-technology-at-bletchley-park/
Or on the Department of Education’s website, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/institutes-of-technology-competition