The new Alan Turing £50note is set to enter circulation on the codebreaker’s birthday, the Bank of England has revealed.
The banknote – which features a photo of Turing taken in 1951, along with his signature and several odes to his achievements – will appear from June 23.
Turing’s birth date in binary code is also included on the design, as well as mathematical formulae from a paper he wrote in 1936.
A quote he gave to the press in 1949 also appears: “This is only a foretaste of what is to come, and only the shadow of what is going to be.”
Old £50 notes will still be accepted for some time.
In honour of Turing – whose lauded codebreaking work at Bletchley Park during WWII helped to turn the tide in favour of the Allies – Britain’s intelligence agency GCHQ has launched what it describes as its “toughest puzzle yet.”
The ‘Turing Challenge’ is a set of 12 puzzles based on the unique design elements of the £50 banknote, such as the technical drawings for the British Bombe – the machine designed by Turing to break Enigma-enciphered messages during WWII.
Director GCHQ Jeremy Fleming said: “Alan Turing’s appearance on the £50 note is a landmark moment in our history.
“Not only is it a celebration of his scientific genius which helped to shorten the war and influence the technology we still use today, it also confirms his status as one of the most iconic LGBT+ figures in the world.
“Turing was embraced for his brilliance and persecuted for being gay. His legacy is a reminder of the value of embracing all aspects of diversity, but also the work we still need to do to become truly inclusive.”
Turing is also regarded as a father of modern technology – having helped to develop the Manchester computers.
In 1952, he was found guilty of indecency over his relationship with another man he met on Oxford Road and was required to undergo treatment to reduce his libido.
Turing took his own life in 1954.
A memorial to Turing was unveiled in Sackville Park in 2001.
The school of mathematics building at the University of Manchester also bears his name.
The “Alan Turing law” is now an informal term for 2017 legislation that retroactively pardoned men cautioned or convicted for homosexual acts.
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A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.