Feeds

Techie Crotty will put £1m in Bletchley museum's kitty ... if you do the same

Donate to Blighty's computing history collection to unlock entrepreneur's dosh

Business security measures using SSL

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park has been promised its largest ever single donation of £1m, which it hopes to use on refurbishments.

Donor Matt Crotty, a tech entrepreneur and trustee of the museum, has pledged the million-pound gift. The eggheads who run the joint now need to find matched funding to unlock that contribution - for every quid punters chip in to the museum's coffers, a pound will be added from Crotty's pledged fund.

TNMOC is home to various exhibits charting Blighty's computing history: from the world's first electronic computer, Colossus, and the Harwell Dekatron to the Acorn BBC Micro and beyond.

"Despite modest budgets, high rent, and a challenging economic climate, TNMOC has opened six acclaimed and genuinely unique new galleries in the past four years. To make this happen staff and volunteers have been working with enthusiasm, skill and patience and funders have been generous in difficult economic times," trustee chairman Tim Reynolds said.

Like many charitable foundations, the museum will need to get pledges of matched funding in order to unlock the million offered by Crotty. TNMOC said money would be "phased in" as the matches were found, and would be prioritised towards increasing capacity for visitors and exhibits as well as museum refurbishments.

Separately, the Bletchley Park Trust – which owns the site of the museum, although TNMOC does not receive funding from it – is in the middle of a project to restore its code-breaking huts from World War II and building a new visitor centre. As well as private and charitable funds, the park's trust has secured cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund and corporations like Google, IBM and HP Labs. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster
4 Minute Mile project hatched to speed up tired troops
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears
RIP 2001 – 2014. MP3 player beloved of millions. Killed by cloud
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.