Notes from the Museum

First Relaxed Opening Session of 2018 great success

The first Relaxed Opening Session of 2018, designed for people with autism and sponsored by Paessler, was a great success, says TNMOC's head of learning, Claire Marston.

Tony Sale Award 2018

The CCS invites nominations for the 2018 Tony Sale Award for Computer Conservation. The award, open to individuals or groups anywhere, recognizes achievements in computer conservation or restoration.

O11y Harlow, 1961-2017

Oliver (O11y) Harlow, who passed away on New Year's Eve, was a very popular and highly valued Museum volunteer who brought a wealth of experience, knowledge, skill – and personality – to the Museum.

Anne Langton, 1925-2017

We are very sad to hear of the passing of Anne Langton, one of the first Wrens (Women’s Royal Naval Service) to work in the Newmanry on the Heath Robinson machine and on Colossus.

The winter of 1967/8 in computing

Computing 50 years ago? The classroom of the future, LEO (EDSAC's successor) was optimising mail van trips, Memorex saw a future for discs and sales of 30 compact computers in a year was newsworthy.

Tommy Flowers SCITT graduation

The first cohort of 44 teachers from the Tommy Flowers School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) initiative graduated at TNMOC last week.

Colossus Challenge Pt 4

On Day Two, Colossus at last had a message to work with and in 3 hours 35 mins found the elusive wheel settings of the Lorenz machine. But someone -- in Germany -- had beaten Colossus to it ...

Colossus Challenge Pt 3

Day One had been troublesome for codebreakers on the Colossus Challenge. It was the weather of course. It wasn't conducive to signal reception. But Radio 4 Today wanted to know about a potential break.

Colossus Challenge in the news in 2007 Pt 2

Here's a gem of a video featuring the late Tony Sale and others. Rory Cellan-Jones reporting on the Colossus Challenge on BBC News on 15 November 2007.

Remembering Colossus Cipher Challenge Pt 1

On Thursday 15 November 2007, a rebuilt Colossus Mark II was ready to decipher a Lorenz-encrypted teleprinter message transmitted from colleagues in Paderborn in Germany. What happened next?


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