Facebook has made a 1 million-pound ($1.3 million) donation to support Britain’s Bletchley Park, the base of codebreakers during World War II, after the historic site lost almost all of its income amid the coronavirus pandemic
Facebook said Tuesday that the donation was in recognition of Bletchley Park’s legacy as the “spiritual home of modern computing.”
The Victorian country house was the home of a vast network of WWII codebreakers who helped decipher communications from Nazi Germany and contributed to the Allied victory. After the war the estate was turned into a heritage attraction and museum, and it also ran learning programs around coding.
“Our hope is that Bletchley staying open inspires the next generation of engineers,” he said.
The museum, which welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors each year prior to the pandemic, said it expects a 2 million-pound deficit this year.