Notes from the Museum

40 years ago from Computer Weekly

A selection of stories from Computer Weekly in June 1973. A trip down memory lane or an entirely different world?

Wit & wisdom of Sir Maurice Wilkes

Anthony Wilkes recalling the renowned and rather dry wit of his late father, Sir Maurice Wilkes, whose centenary was celebrated at TNMOC yesterday.

The Software Gallery cat

Even before the official opening of the Software Gallery, its resident software-controlled cat was causing a stir.

Three things you (& we) didn't know about WITCH

Forty years ago last month, the WITCH was turned off at Wolverhampton Technical College for the last time. Last week several students who had used the machine at Wolverhampton returned to see it run again. And we discovered three things we didn't know about the WITCH.

EDSAC's 64th anniversary

To celebrate the 64th anniversary of the first time EDSAC ran, Google has released a video capturing the memories of those who were around at the time. Watch out for Dr David Hartley, Museum Director of TNMOC.

How times change!

How times change! How fast is the WITCH compared to the Elliott 903, the BBC B Micro and the Raspberry Pi?

Wren in famous picture has died

Dorothy Du Boisson MBE, the Wren on the left in the famous photograph of Colossus, passed away last month, aged 93.

Congratulations Capt Jerry Roberts MBE

Today, Captain Jerry Roberts was presented with his MBE medal by the Queen at an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace for his services to Bletchley Park and codebreaking.

A life-giving present for Colossus

Following our appeal in December last year, 100 rare Colossus valves arrived at TNMOC today courtesy of Langrex, supplier of obsolete and hard-to-find components.

How Colossus was revealed - video soon

Prof Brian Randell, the man who in the 1970s uncovered the secret of Colossus, the world's first modern computer, told the fascinating story at TNMOC last week -- coming soon on video.


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