The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing MUSEUM CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE- Can you help us Reopen https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fuelling-the-future-powering-the-past Following the Government guidelines, it is with great regret that the museum will be closed until further notice
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The National Museum of Computing located on Bletchley Park is an independent charity housing the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic programmable computer and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. Anyone can become an individual member. See http://www.tnmoc.org/support/become-member Corporate sponsors are always welcome: See http://www.tnmoc.org/support/become-sponsor For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter.

The WITCH is the world’s oldest, original, working digital computer - restored & rebooted by @TNMOC & the Computer Conse...
02/06/2020

The WITCH is the world’s oldest, original, working digital computer - restored & rebooted by @TNMOC & the Computer Conservation Society in 2012. Support us as we bring our shared digital heritage to life - join our fundraiser: we only have Two days to #reach our #target The crowd funding URL got a bit mangled in the post. Should be:

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fuelling-the-future-powering-the-past #bombe, #colossus, #computers

Which of @TNMOC's 50,000 artefacts is that? And who's the famous presenter, writer and friend of the Museum holding it? ...
01/06/2020

Which of @TNMOC's 50,000 artefacts is that? And who's the famous presenter, writer and friend of the Museum holding it? Find out more & Tweet us your questions about this & other objects in our unique collection w/the hashtag: #askTNMOC.
#computers @kidsinmuseums @TeensInMuseums

It’s the weekend. You’ve got #computers on your mind. @TNMOC has a collection of 50,000 artefacts that includes working ...
30/05/2020

It’s the weekend. You’ve got #computers on your mind. @TNMOC has a collection of 50,000 artefacts that includes working historical systems. What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to know? Now’s your chance: Tweet us - #askTNMOC @mk_citizen @livingcomputers #Homeschooling2020

Not all visions of future tech pan out. Take the 1978 Slumberland Sleepcentre concept "bedroom environment for Mr and Mr...
28/05/2020

Not all visions of future tech pan out. Take the 1978 Slumberland Sleepcentre concept "bedroom environment for Mr and Mrs 2002." Just one of 1000s of photos in the @ComputerWeekly archive @TNMOC. Help our museum to re-open Covid-safe - join the fundraiser: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fuelling-the-future-powering-the-past

#Acorn, #BBCMicro, #ZXSpectrum... what happened to the "golden age" of the British computer? Find out: youtu.be/OA8RsubC...
28/05/2020

#Acorn, #BBCMicro, #ZXSpectrum... what happened to the "golden age" of the British computer? Find out: youtu.be/OA8RsubCHcM Thanks @kramit for the question! Tweet us your questions about computers & computing in history - #askTNMOC @Indie_RetroNEWS @SWRetroComp @ArchivesIT

27/05/2020
Ask the Experts | Why choose the NeXTcube to develop the WWW?

It occupies just a sliver of computing’s history yet Steve Jobs' NeXTCube helped change the world. Why did Tim Berners-Lee use a NeXTCube like that at @TNMOC to invent the web @CERN? Find out: youtu.be/3ntyT7vWA8c
Got a question about computers in history? Tweet us: #askTNMOC

The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park houses a unique collection of computers. Our expert team have maintained, restored and rebuilt some of the...

27/05/2020
BBC Archive

BBC Archive

"Nothing is secure!" Experience the heady days when the 'Making The Most Of The Micro Live' Special was hacked. For more of this sort of thing, you can visit the BBC Computer Literacy Project Archive: http://bit.ly/CLPArchive

22/05/2020
Ask the Experts | The role of the valve in computers

#Colossus, which helped crack Hitler’s military communications in #WW2, relied on a rack of 2,500+ valves. How do valves work & relate to modern computers?
@TNMOC https://youtu.be/jdWzdQkBmoI. Get your computer questions answered - #askTNMOC.

The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park houses a unique collection of computers. Our expert team have maintained, restored and rebuilt some of the...

Are you looking for a online course? Qufaro. ‪#cyberepq #cyberroles #cybercareer‬ A series of the Seven Personae of Cybe...
22/05/2020

Are you looking for a online course? Qufaro. ‪#cyberepq #cyberroles #cybercareer‬ A series of the Seven Personae of Cyber. The (Ethical) Hacker. Learn more about the Hacker's role, capabilities. Putting a human face on cyber security. Check out our blogs http://ow.ly/5gL150zEUx3
and videos https://lnkd.in/dpagVeY

The #BBCmicro was not the cheapest or best-selling PC of its time, yet - four decades on - its name lives. Why? Find out...
21/05/2020

The #BBCmicro was not the cheapest or best-selling PC of its time, yet - four decades on - its name lives. Why? Find out - #askTNMOC #commodore, #zxspectrum, #atari #retrogames (Pic: @TNMOC @computerweekly photo archive)

The British-made Elliott 803, housed @TNMOC, helped democratise business & scientific computing in the 1960s with system...
20/05/2020

The British-made Elliott 803, housed @TNMOC, helped democratise business & scientific computing in the 1960s with systems sold to customers in the US - backyard of IBM. But what was the 803 & who used it? Find out: youtu.be/0g6bs9Oi6ho Got a #computer question? #askTNMOC

@TNMOC is a working museum & hub of vintage games challenges. @Doom, #Galaxians, #pong & more on the #bbcmicro, #commodo...
20/05/2020

@TNMOC is a working museum & hub of vintage games challenges. @Doom, #Galaxians, #pong & more on the #bbcmicro, #commodore, #zxspectrum, #atari! Keep our work - and your #vintagegame #retrogames heritage - alive - support our crowdfunder! Only 16days to go! crowdfunder.co.uk/fuelling-the-f… @gamesyouloved https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fuelling-the-future-powering-the-past

It’s 1985: Year of Live Aid, Clive Sinclair’s C5 & Bjarne Stroustrup has added classes to C. C++ would be used in Window...
20/05/2020

It’s 1985: Year of Live Aid, Clive Sinclair’s C5 & Bjarne Stroustrup has added classes to C. C++ would be used in Windows, OS X, browsers & more. @TNMOC talks to Bjarne as #C++ hits 35. What question would you ask? Tweet to #askTNMOC by 4pm 20/5/20 #programming #100DaysOfCode

19/05/2020
Light Years Ahead | The 1969 Apollo Guidance Computer

Light Years Ahead | The 1969 #Apollo Guidance Computer youtu.be/B1J2RMorJXM via @YouTube

Half a century ago, on 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong was in the final stages of the lunar descent, just a few thousand feet above the surface, when suddenly h...

James Gosling is the founder & lead designer of #Java that transformed an industry & hits 25 this year. @TNMOC is talkin...
19/05/2020

James Gosling is the founder & lead designer of #Java that transformed an industry & hits 25 this year. @TNMOC is talking to James for a recorded Q&A. What would you like to ask James about the birth & history of @Java? Tweet us before 4pm UK 19/5/20 w/hashtag #askTNMOC

#InternationalMuseumDay our #dedicated #volunteers @bombeteam in for some crucial #maintenance #today #PPE #3Dprinting
18/05/2020

#InternationalMuseumDay our #dedicated #volunteers @bombeteam in for some crucial #maintenance #today #PPE #3Dprinting

#InternationalMuseumDay our #dedicated #volunteers @bombeteam in for some crucial #maintenance #today #PPE #3Dprinting
18/05/2020

#InternationalMuseumDay our #dedicated #volunteers @bombeteam in for some crucial #maintenance #today #PPE #3Dprinting

Backoffice admin is a universal force: Univac 9300s here with the East Midlands Gas Board & St. Poelten Diocese, Austria...
18/05/2020

Backoffice admin is a universal force: Univac 9300s here with the East Midlands Gas Board & St. Poelten Diocese, Austria. Just two of 1000s of photos in the @ComputerWeekly archive @TNMOC. Keep the archive open to the public - support the emergency fund: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fuelling-the-future-powering-the-past

@Tnmoc we have update our stock on our online shop - lnkd.in/evZx_A6 #giftideas #art #officedecor #computerhistory #besp...
17/05/2020

@Tnmoc we have update our stock on our online shop - lnkd.in/evZx_A6 #giftideas #art #officedecor #computerhistory #bespoke-pens #collectors #museumfromhome #giftvouchers #mainframes #culturalheritage #803 Thanks to @Docubyte @BespokeBritish1 ans Issured Limited for supporting the museum #cybersecurity

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Block H, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive
Bletchley
MK3 6EB

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Currently fundraising to reopen to our recently increased 6 days a week to the public. To continue offering Weekly public tours, plus private tours, Educational groups and corporate team days. https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fuelling-the-future-powering-the-past

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The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) is home to the world's largest collection of working historic computers.

Follow the development of computing: from the Turing-Welchman Bombe and Colossus of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, to the rise of personal computing and the rise of mobile computing and the internet.

Recognised as one of England’s top 100 ‘irreplaceable places’, we welcome corporate and group visits, schools and individuals from all over the world.

Anyone can become an individual member. See https://www.tnmoc.org/become-a-member

Corporate sponsors are always welcome: See https://www.tnmoc.org/sponsorship

For more information, see https://www.tnmoc.org/and follow @tnmoc on Twitter.

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I had the pleasure of visiting the museum a few years ago shot a little video of the Harwell Dekatron that turns out to be a pretty good video background for Zoom calls. Enjoy!
you have an event for home educators but as I only just saw it mentioned on a group I belong to, was unable to book. I think you need to advertise this stuff in the HE groups nationally and locally to get us to spread the word for you - we happily share such stuff once we know about it. I understand you have cancelled it due to lack of interest but it has got a great swell of interest immediately that the post went up.
A heart warming preservation story from Japan
A lovely museum to visit. We went on a Family Day, so we had a couple of talks in the morning, and then the afternoon was a tour of the museum. Highlights for me were the working computers to play games from my youth, seeing how computers changed and developed from WWII up to present day, and the posters highlighting people who made contributions to the world of computers. My dad, who worked for ICL for most of his career, would've most definitely loved this place.
My son very much enjoyed our visit. Here is his lego creation of 'Alan Turning and the Bombe'!
Full of great stuff including a boffin named John who understands the bombe. Very clever chap
Great weekend attending the valve workshop course. Educational and informative, really enjoyed building a valve kit with on-hand technical support from Steve and the other volunteers. Heartily recommended!
Clara and Dad's day out
Sorry, I meant block H. Block F got knocked down...
I was wondering about your clock system. It is certainly GPO from the various type slaves dotted around the museum. Does it run the whole of the park just block F? I also have a workinGPO clock system which has many parts similar to colossus and Witch, Key switches, lamps, relays and the like. I have added a recent photo as the restoration work is still ongoing. I expect you will also see similarities with parts that you have.
A must listen for anyone who's a geek, or is interested in wartime history, or women's issues/interests. Great programme.
The museum should register as a "not-for profit" organisation with Facebook. Facebook is offering a free £1 donation.