Mission Statement of The National Museum of Computing
“To collect and restore computer systems particularly those developed in Britain and to enable people to explore that collection for inspiration, learning and enjoyment.”
The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), located at 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 computer.
The National Museum of Computing is a separate entity to the Bletchley Park Trust, but all visitors to the Park can visit TNMOC, when it is open, for a modest charge. Visitors coming to TNMOC only need not pay the Bletchley Park entrance fee.
TNMOC enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s. New working exhibits are regularly unveiled and the public can already view a rebuilt and fully operational Colossus, the restored Harwell Dekatron / WITCH computer, an ICL 2966, one of the workhorse mainframes computers of the 1980s, many of the earliest desktops of the 1980s and 1990s, plus the NPL Technology of the Internet Gallery. In June 2010 TNMOC hosted Britain’s first-ever Vintage Computer Festival.
Funders of the Museum include Bletchley Park Capital Partners, Google UK, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, 4Links, PGP Corporation, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, BCS, Black Marble, and the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.
Our relationship with the Bletchley Park Trust
The National Museum of Computing is a registered charity that is entirely independent of the Bletchley Park Trust. TNMOC has not received any Lottery funding and we are responsible for our own fund raising and management which includes paying substantial rent and overheads to the Bletchley Park Trust. We want to work closely with the Bletchley Park Trust to ensure we offer a comprehensive and seamless visitor experience.
Our legal identity
The National Museum of Computing is the operating name of CodesandCiphers Heritage Trust. CodesandCiphers Heritage Trust was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 30 March 2005 under company number 05407952. The company was granted charitable status in England and Wales on 6 June 2005 under charity number 1109874.
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