I have received the final schedule for the interviews I will be giving this morning on the subject of Alan Turing, his legacy, and my efforts to raise funds in order to secure what is now known as the Newman-Turing Collection papers for display at Bletchley Park where Turing once worked.
Today, I’ll be appearing on the following BBC radio channels:
0715 HUMBERSIDE LIVE
0722 COV & WAR LIVE
0738 3CR LUTON LIVE
0745 BRISTOL LIVE
0752 MANCHESTER LIVE
0800 SOMERSET LIVE
0838 3CR MK LIVE
0845 SCOTLAND LIVE
0852 5 LIVE BREAKFAST
If you want to hear more about the fundraising project, be sure to tune in to one or more!
Alan Turing is a name synonymous with modern computing. A pioneer, war hero, and all-round great guy, he was snatched from us before his time due to prejudices surrounding his sexuality.
Bletchley Park, the home of Station X where Turing worked to break German ciphers during the Second World War, does its part to keep him in our memories – but it needs our help.
Auction house Christie’s is to auction off an impressive quantity of Turing’s offprints, including his first published paper. It’s thought to be the largest collection in the world, put together by Turing’s friend Professor Maxwell Newman to whom Turing presented the offprints. They belong in a dedicated museum, but Bletchley Park can’t afford the £300,000-£500,000 guide price.
As a result, I’m asking for volunteers to dig deep and see to it that these papers not only stay in this country, but stay where the public can see them and benefit from them. Let’s save them from being locked away in the vaults of a private collector.
It’s a big ask, looking for half a million pounds, I know – but if you work for a high-tech company, use a ‘universal computer,’ or are in any way connected with modern computing, you owe Turing a debt of gratitude – and this could be a way to help repay that debt.
Please, consider donating. Every little helps, as a certain supermarket chain would say.
If you’d like to donate, please do so as soon as possible – the auction is on the 23rd of November, so we haven’t got long if we want to save this historic treasure for future generations to enjoy!