Notes from the Museum

Why world's oldest computer in Australia won’t work again

Summer Bytes see lots of interesting visitors. Last week, Dr Peter Thorne arrived to look around and told us about his involvement in Australia with the world’s oldest extant computer.

Self-driving cars & social robots at Bytes

Visitors to the Summer Bytes Festival were amongst the first to see and experience the new self-driving vehicles that will be coming to Milton Keynes soon.

Resistance calling

Last Sunday, as part of Summer Bytes, a TNMOC team attempted to re-enact 1940's style radio contact with the Resistance Museum in Vassieux-en-Vercors, France. Here's what happened.

Team Shiola's GISHWHES Entry

The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen came to TNMOC and here's one of the entries with memorable 1960's music.

Members' BBQ raises £1000

Forty members of TNMOC Club, their families and volunteers enjoyed a gourmet BBQ at TNMOC last weekend. Third Light Ltd sponsored the event, kindly providing all the food and drinks.

Ground Resistance in the Colossus Gallery

A new piece of digital-based art has just arrived in the Colossus Gallery as part of the Milton Keynes International Festival 2016. Ground Resistance displays real-time radar data of air traffic above Bletchley.

We won't Flog It!

Paul Martin of Flog It visited TNMOC to feature Lorenz and Colossus and the two very under-rated heroes Bill Tutte and Tommy Flowers. An incredible story becoming more impressive as years pass!

Volunteers' Week: Peter Vaughan

At front of house and behind the scenes, TNMOC relies on volunteers. Peter Vaughan (pictured right) is one of those volunteers whose work is invaluable and his efforts have been recognised in Volunteers' Week.

Coverage of Wrens witnessing Lorenz from encrypt to decrypt

For the first time ever, all the equipment used in making and breaking Lorenz, Hitler’s most secret cipher, was demonstrated and re-enacted to Colossus Wrens at TNMOC on 3 June 2016.

Lorenz SZ42 – the missing motor

The newly arrived Lorenz SZ42 encryption machine on long term loan from the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum in Oslo completes the TNMOC equipment set of the Breaking of Lorenz. But there is a missing part ...

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