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PGP sponsors Bletchley Park museum

PGP (GB) : 10 September, 2008  (Company News)
Modern Computing's birthplace receives a boost in sponsorship to expand its museum at Bletchley Park from IBM and PGP
The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park has received a major boost from PGP Corporation and IBM who have made contributions to help expand and modernise the museum and to enhance the educational opportunities it offers. This takes it one step closer to ensuring the long term survival of Europe's largest collection of fully functional computers. A dedicated website (http://www.pgp.com/stationx) to facilitate the collection of donations has also been launched to garner support from the technical community worldwide and to encourage further contributions to the cause.

"It is fantastic to see companies like IBM and PGP Corporation helping our cause and rallying behind the campaign," said Jon Fell at The National Museum of Computing. "If we can secure the funding, The National Museum of Computing can become a major historical and educational resource providing access to unique and irreplaceable materials and detailing the history of computing. We have had a great response to the campaign so far, but more is definitely needed to preserve this British - and international - icon."

Opened in August 2008, the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park is home to Colossus, the world's first programmable electronic computer. Activities at Bletchley Park spawned many other important technical innovations under the leadership of Alan Turing, considered by many to be the father of modern computer science.

Today, Bletchley Park serves as a museum and educational centre, with the National Museum of Computing. The museum is, however, in urgent need of funding and is looking to raise sufficient capital to ensure its long-term survival - enabling it to continue to provide the public with access to its facilities and expand its collection.

"As the acknowledged birthplace of modern computing, Bletchley Park is responsible for laying the foundation for many of today's technology innovations," said Phil Dunkelberger, CEO and President of PGP Corporation. "We believe more can be done to preserve this institution and those of us in the technology industry can do more to help.'

"The collection at the museum brings to life the origins of much of what we depend upon in modern life today, letting future generations experience this can only fuel interest and maybe encourage visitors to take up a career in technology," said Andrew Hart, UK Security and Privacy Services Leader at IBM.
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