Notes from the Museum

First recording for The Imitation Archive

First up: a recording of super low electromagnetic frequencies of Radio Frequency transmission of wireless telegraphy relating to the Lorenz ciphers of German High Command during World War 2.

Mystery object

What could this be? We've had guesses via Social Media ranging from an electricity generation board to a calculator to a dishwasher to an elaborate mousetrap. Rob Halliday soon to speak at TNMOC reveals all ...

The Bletchley Girls

A new book reveals the lives of women who worked at Bletchley Park during the war. It features Colossus operator, Joanna Chorley, whose photo reunited surviving Colossus Wrens at TNMOC last year.

Computing in the winter of 1974/75

When Mud was number one on the UK charts with Lonely this Christmas, what was happening in the world of computers? We trawl the Computer Weekly archives to find PoS arriving at petrol pumps and lots more.

Turing and his times

With the imminent release of The Imitation Game, we revisit videos about Turing and his times from an event organised across three of the world's top computing museums to celebrate Alan Turing Year in 2012.

2014 Tony Sale Award

The Computer Conservation Society has announced the result of the second Tony Sale Award for computer conservation. The two outstanding and contrasting entries represent computing in 1930s and 1950s.

A truly random donation

To mark the tenth anniversary of the Quantis cube, ID Quantique have donated the industry's first quantum co-processor to TNMOC. It's neither a 1 nor a 0 until you actually observe it ...

Say it with paper tape

When James Ward's girlfriend returned from filming at TNMOC, she returned with a present: some paper tape with a message on it for him. He was delighted and it gave him an idea ...

Gaming - the British invasion

In the 1960's Britain transformed pop music with the Beatles, the Stones and lots more. In the 1980s, it shook up the computer games scene. Tristan Donovan traced the history at TNMOC earlier this month.

Mystery object

TNMOC has just been donated an unusual artifact that has got a lot of people thinking on our Facebook and Google+ pages. It dates from around 1980, only 100 were ever made, but what is it ...?


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