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WW2 code-breaker Alan Turing given posthumous Royal Pardon

Alan Turing.
Alan Turing. Credit: Bletchley Park

Second World Warcode-breaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon for a 61-year-old conviction for homosexual activity.

Dr Turing, who was pivotal in breaking the Enigma code, arguably shortening the Second World War by at least two years, was chemically castrated following his conviction in 1952.

His conviction for "gross indecency" led to the removal of his security clearance and meant he was no longer able to work for Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) where he had continued to work following service at Bletchley Park during the war.

Dr Turing, who died aged 41 in 1954 and is often described as the father of modern computing, has been granted a pardon under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy by the Queen following a request from Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

"Dr Alan Turing was an exceptional man with a brilliant mind," Mr Grayling said.

Bletchley Park to unveil restored wartime hut

Bletchley Park at Milton Keynes. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bletchley Park, the home of the second world war codebreakers, is to unveil the latest stage in its restoration project.

Hut 11 has been restored thanks to a legacy left by a Bletchley Park veteran and will be officially opened later this morning.

The wartime Turing-Bombe hut was nicknamed the Hell Hole by the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) who operated the Bombe machines because it was so hot and noisy.

The new exhibition includes quotes from the women, telling the story of their time at Bletchley Park.


Historic site brought into the 21st century

Bletchley Park

The historic site of Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes has been brought into the 21st century with a multi-media guide.

The interactive handheld device is available to visitors and will help them explore the home of the Second World War Codebreakers.

It includes an adult tour and one specifically designed for children with puzzles and storytelling.

Iain Standen, Chief Executive Officer of Bletchley Park Trust, said "Once we'd seen both the Adult Tour and the quirky Children's Tour, we were absolutely convinced that we had made a good choice."

Pardon would be 'final cleansing of the wrong' done to Turing.

The Cambridge mathematician Alan Turing who saved thousands of lives through his code breaking work in the Second World War, is expected to be given a parliamentary pardon.

Turing, who was prosecuted and convicted over his homosexuality in the 1950s, has already received a posthumous apology.

The MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, says a pardon would be 'a final cleansing of the wrong' done to Turing, as Alistair Nelson reports.


Bletchley Park given stamp of approval

One of the buildings currently being restored at Bletchley Park Credit: Bletchley Park Trust

Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes has been given an official stamp of approval from the National tourist board. The Home of the Codebreakers has been granted Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Status.

Bletchley Park, once Britain's best kept secret, is now a heritage site and museum. The Park's Second World War successes helped shorten the war by around two years.

Pam Foden from VisitEngland says “We’re delighted to welcome Bletchley Park to our Quality Assurance scheme. Our Quality Rose Marque is a recognised stamp of approval, assuring visitors that the attraction offers a memorable, quality experience."

Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, said “We’re delighted to have been given this official stamp of approval. Bletchley Park is undergoing huge changes this year, with the £7.4m Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project now underway."

Banknote bet for codebreaker

Alan Turing
Wartime codebreaker Alan Turing Credit: ITV News

Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing looks set to follow Sir Winston Churchill onto a banknote according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.

Sir Winston will feature on five pound notes due to enter circulation in 2016.

Punters are now speculating as to who will follow suit with Alan Turing the 4/1 favourite.

The maths genius helped crack top secret German codes. His work is credited with shortening the duration of the Second World War.

Petition calls for computer genius on £10 note

A petition is calling for Alan Turning to be the next face on a £10 note

Nearly 27,000 people have signed a petition for the Bletchley codebreaker Alan Turing to be pictured on the next £10 note.

Turing's been hailed a national hero for his work at Bletchley in Milton Keynes during the Second World War.

In 1952 he was convicted of gross indecency after admitting to police that he was gay.

In response to the petition, the Bank of England's said it welcomes suggestions on historic figures to put on notes.

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