Bletchley Park Trust and the Post Office Remembrance Fellowship have a shared WW2 heritage through the connection between the General Post Office (GPO) and the Bletchley Park codebreaking operation.
Bletchley Park’s work depended on secure communications and new technologies, and the GPO’s engineers stood alongside the Codebreakers in tackling this challenge. As intercepted messages flowed into Bletchley Park 24 hours a day, intelligence was sent out, supported by the systems managed and maintained by the GPO. Innovative technology such as Colossus – the world’s first large-scale electronic digital computer – was delivered by the GPO’s research establishment. There were more than 40 GPO staff based at Bletchley Park during the war.
Today, Bletchley Park is an internationally renowned heritage site, independent museum, and charity, with a mission to attract, engage and educate people about Bletchley Park’s crucial role in World War Two
The Post Office Remembrance Fellowship has provided two significant and generous grants to support a major capital project at Bletchley Park. The project will revitalise three major buildings at the heart of the Bletchley Park site, creating extensive new galleries, a collection centre, eight purpose-designed learning spaces, and a new 250-seat auditorium.
The Bletchley Park Trust looks forward to publicly recognising the Post Office Remembrance Fellowship’s generous support on site in the new auditorium, to celebrating the contribution of the GPO to Bletchley Park’s wartime work, and to honouring the GPO workers who lost their lives in conflict.
Image of the mansion at Bletchley Park by kind permission of the Bletchley Park Trust