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MP has high hopes for restoration of Bletchley Park

Iain Stewart MP on his tour of Bletchley Park Photo:

An MP has said the restoration of Bletchley Park will help put Milton Keynes on the "heritage map".

Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart took a tour of the heritage site - home to the codebreakers during the Second World War - to see how some of its derelict buildings are being brought back to life.

Bletchley Park, once Britain's best kept secret, is now a heritage site and museum. It has been given £7.4 million of Heritage Lottery funding to restore some of its codebreaking buildings.

Iain Stewart was shown around the iconic Huts 3 and 6, where German Army and Air Force Enigma messages were decrypted, translated and turned into vital intelligence.

The MP was also shown Hut 11, which is being restored to tell the story of the Royal Navy Wrens and their vital work during the Second World War.

"It's really exciting. The plans I've heard discussed for some time are now being delivered and there's something tangible to see. Once they're all in place it'll be a huge boost to the Milton Keynes tourist economy in general and really put us on the heritage map."

– Iain Stewart MP

The tour continued with a visit to Block C, where punch-card machines carried out rapid analysis of encrypted message systems. This building is being transformed into a visitor centre with exhibition space.

“I remember having discussions when I first came onto the political scene in Milton Keynes and, for a long time, it was touch and go whether Bletchley Park would survive at all. A number of dedicated people kept the dream alive. A lot of people put a lot of effort into getting us where we are today. To have a realisation of the dream within touching distance is very exciting indeed.”

– Iain Stewart MP