Many parts of Bletchley Park are showing their age
A call to save Bletchley Park has gone out from the UK's computer scientists.
More than 100 academics have signed a letter to The Times saying the code-cracking centre and crucible of the UK computer industry deserves better.
They say Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, should be put on a secure financial basis like other "great museums".
"We cannot allow this crucial and unique piece of both British and World heritage to be neglected in this way," the letter to The Times said.
Inside Bletchley Park
The academics were brought together by Dr Sue Black, head of the computer science department at the University of Westminster, who was moved to act after visiting Bletchley Park in early July.
"I went up there and felt quite upset by what I saw," she said.
Many of the buildings on the Bletchley estate were in a state of serious disrepair, she said. One building, where code-breakers worked during World War II, was falling apart, said Dr Black, and was protected by a blue tarpaulin that was nailed down over it.
Describing Bletchley as a "gem", Dr Black said it was a "national disgrace" that such a historic site was being allowed to fall into ruin.
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