Turing papers to stay in UK after 11th-hour auction bid

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Second world war papers by the UK's most famous codebreaker, Alan Turing, have been bought for the nation with an 11th-hour bid by the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Turing's work was in danger of going to a private buyer abroad but will now stay in its "spritual home", Bletchley Park, which was the centre of Britain's top secret code-breaking effort during the war.

The mathematician, often dubbed "the father of computer science", helped crack the German Enigma code while stationed at Bletchley Park.

The National Heritage Memorial Fund on Thursday pledged a last-minute bid of £213,000 to save the papers for the museum at the Buckinghamshire estate.

Dame Jenny Abramsky, the chairman of the NHMF, said: "This is such welcome news. Alan Turing was a true war hero and played an absolutely crucial role during the second world war.

"The National Heritage Memorial Fund was set up in memory of those who have given their lives for the UK and this grant will now ensure that this extremely rare collection of his work stands as a permanent memorial to the man and to all those who paid the ultimate price in service to this nation."...

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