The Alan Turing Memorial is a memorial in memory of the computing pioneer, Alan Turing, situated in Manchester City Centre, England. The memorial consists of a bronze statue of Turing sat on a park bench holding an apple, which is thought to signify the biblical fruit of knowledge. The memorial which was unveiled in 2001, also has a cypher of the enigma code Turing is known for, which translates to “Founder of Computer Science”. The code is made clear on the plaque that accompanies the statue, which lists the date of birth and death date of Turing with all of his achievements.
The statue is placed in Manchester’s Sackville Park which is situated by the city’s gay village, the placement was due to Turing being a gay man who had been prosecuted at the time for being gay and is thought to have taken his life in 1954, due to the prosecution. Thus, he has since become an icon for the gay community in the city he was working his later life in.
Situated in Sackville Park in Manchester City Centre, the memorial is accessible by many modes of transport. By bus, travel to Piccadilly and from there the memorial is a short 5-minute walk away. By Train or tram, travel to ‘Piccadilly Station’ which is a short 5-minute walk away.
Opening Times and Admission
The memorial is situated in a public park area, so is free to visit. You can visit the memorial anytime from dawn till dusk.