Current Projects

Obeying Orders

Chris Burton introduces a video update on the latest stage of the EDSAC reconstruction: integrating the sub units and getting to grips with commissioning the whole system.

Searching for Lost Systems

The BCL Molecular Computer was first introduced in 1971 and was sold and used in various forms until the 1990s. But does one still exist today? Who can claim to be the last user?

Computer memory EDSAC style - delay lines

Peter Linnington discusses the options for today's reconstruction of EDSAC. Mercury or something else? The reconstruction of the first computer to provide a university computing service moves forward.

Commissioning EDSAC

Technical discussions of the latest stages in commissioning the reconstruction of EDSAC, the 1949 scientific computer, that is gradually being brought to life in the First Generation Gallery at TNMOC.

Two new EDSAC videos

Two new video updates by David Allen show the progress with EDSAC. The machine is coming together as various components are integrated and tested and Chris Burton gives a VDU screen masterclass.

Remembering EDSAC

More of the inside story of the original EDSAC was revealed this week when Mrs Jean Renwick, wife of the late Bill Renwick, EDSAC’s chief engineer, came to visit. A long-held suspicion was confirmed.

Snagging: ironing out the EDSAC circuit bugs

The seventeenth in the series of short videos by David Allen about the latest stage in the EDSAC reconstruction project in late summer 2015.

Robinson - the key flaw found?

The Robinson, the predecessor of Colossus, never really worked satisfactorily in speeding up the breaking of Hitler's most secret cypher. The Robinson reconstruction team may have a clue as to why.

The Imitation Game props in a Cambridge home workshop

A home workshop in Cambridge is today playing a vital role in the reconstruction of a Cambridge University machine that 65 years ago led the world’s computing revolution. It’s one of several home workshops across England that are being transported back in time as they play their part in the reconstruction of EDSAC.

Video: EDSAC Project Trustees review and plan

The EDSAC reconstruction is on track and now the educational potential beckons. The Project Trustees meet to review progress and plan to exploit the huge educational value of the reconstruction of the 1949 computer.


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