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Donation saves Alan Turing’s papers

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  1. Helen Wilson 25 Feb 2011, 12:06pm

    Did not our glorious middle eastern arms dealer of a prime minister say he was going to save these papers a few months back?

    I guess he was too busy flogging guns, bombs and implements of torture for a £300,000 arms dealers donation to the Tory party to care!

    Still its not as big a lie as his “We will protect the NHS” When in reality he is raping it for a 20 billion pound election war chest!

    Turing’s papers are of great national importance, they must not be broken up or leave the country .

  2. Great to see that the papers will remain at Bletchley Park, where Turing worked during the second world war.

    I am looking forward to visiting Bletchley Park later this year.

  3. Jock S. Trap 25 Feb 2011, 12:15pm

    Am pleased about this. Too many things of historical value go abroad when they should be left in this country for this country to be proud of.

  4. Helen Wilson 25 Feb 2011, 12:26pm

    I do hate it when PN update a story and make you look like a complete plank by not removing the existing comments!

  5. I am very glad that these papers have been saved and that gordon Brown made an apology as to how Alan Turing was treated. I won an award way back in 1992 for plating this man in ‘Breaking the Code’ in Chicago. I am still proud of it as it was a very difficult part to play and it taught me so much. I was a bit upset when they made the character straight in the film ‘Enigma’ which was obviously based on Alan Turing. But we got a good soundtrack out of it by the late great John Barry.

    1. Sorry there are a few typos in my first ever post on Pink News – I should really check before I send….always rushing….’Gordon’ instead of ‘gordon’ and ‘playing’ instead of ‘plating’

  6. I am very pleased. He was a great and good man. Very much a sacrifice on the altar of homphobia. We owe him a great deal.

  7. Why were Turning’s papers put up for auction, in the first place?

  8. Great – this is another credit for this great man. Next years celebration in Manchester should be supported by everyone including the governement

  9. @John,

    “Why were Turning’s papers put up for auction, in the first place?”

    They were “private” correspondence and therefor not part of Government “papers”.
    As such, they’re the property of his heir’s or estate (or those that have such rights), to dispose of them as they see fit. This includes selling at auction.

    It may seem sad that such “national treasures” can go to the highest bidder, but that’s the law of the land.

  10. A national hero who helped shorten WWII and was so shoddily treated because of his sexuality.
    Let’s hope this great Englishman is always properly honoured in future.

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