Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park has had a serious makeover since the last time I visited.

Unfortunately, I have to agree with those who have said that the changes (made with lottery money) have made it a bit "Disneyfied". The refurbished huts are disappointingly light on real information, and the scattering of generic period props looks a bit slap-dash and uncaring, and the projected actors don't give any interesting information, just trivialities.

I think it can be improved from its current state. Yes, there is more to see than last time I went, but strangely, no more (and possibly less) substance.

Also, the entrance fee is eye-watering.

The dispute with the National Museum of Computing is also very unfortunate, and should be resolved, somehow, and both sites brought together. Not least because the NMOC houses the working Colossus (designed by Tommy Flowers, who didn't get much mention at Bletchley), which was just as instrumental as the Bombes in defeating the Axis.