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Bletchley Park to close to the public

Date Posted:23/03/2020

Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes shut its doors yesterday at 5pm to help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

We had already introduced more stringent cleaning measures and encouraged social distancing where possible, but we now believe that it is necessary to close in order to protect the safety and wellbeing of all our visitors, colleagues and the community.

Iain Standen, CEO of Bletchley Park Trust, said:
“This isn’t the first time that Bletchley Park has operated at unprecedented times of national crisis and it is the values of those that have and still work here - understanding, collaboration, integrity, perseverance, resilience – that we hold dear at this moment.

“Closing to the public has been the toughest decision I’ve had to make in my eight years as CEO, but the safety of the public, and our staff and volunteers, always comes first. Unfortunately, the implications of shutting our doors will be with us long after this crisis has passed. The coming months are usually our busiest time of year and we will have a challenge ahead of us to bridge the gap in our finances that this situation opens. We know we are not alone; many other independent heritage attractions and museums are facing tough times ahead.”

“Bletchley Park is an independent charity with no government funding. 95% of our income comes from our visitors, with much of this activity happening during the spring and summer months. Sadly, the picture looks very bleak now for British tourism.”

Bletchley Park has cancelled all upcoming events, including the VE Day 75 Weekend in May. We have been preparing in recent weeks in anticipation of this possibility by exploring creative digital ways to still share our story online and engage with our audiences, including developing new ‘behind the scenes’ content for our website and social media channels to distribute in the coming days and months.