Notes from the Museum

What's it like to be a volunteer at TNMOC?

As a TNMOC volunteer Andrew Spencer enjoys telling visitors the stories about the machines and loves to hear their reactions "interaction with visitors is very refreshing and stimulating after a week’s work".

Volunteer at TNMOC!

Have you ever thought of volunteering as a guide at one of the world’s top museums of computing? Sheridan Williams did and loves every minute of it. Here is what he says ...

Colossus at 72

On 5 February 1944, Colossus Mk I attacked its first Lorenz message. "The rest is history", as they say. Andy Clark tells the story in context at a conference in Poland.

2016 Tony Sale Award - call for entries

The Computer Conservation Society invites entries for the 2016 Tony Sale Award for Computer Conservation. Any person, group or organisation can be nominated. Closing date for nominations is 30 June 2016.

Origins of an artefact: Elliott 903

The Elliott 903, launched in 1965, was once a relatively versatile £10k computer. Today it is popular on TNMOC's Learning Programme. Its origins date back to the schooldays of one of TNMOC's volunteers.

TNMOC Members' Christmas Social

TNMOC members gathered - offsite - in London for their Christmas Social last month. Why not join the group and attend some of their fascinating events this year?

Fascinating Ada Meeting of Minds

Three winners of the Fascinating Ada Competition designed to inspire female students about careers received their prizes at Oxford University this week and met two Colossus veterans.

Winter 1975/6 from the pages of Computer Weekly

When Queen had a Christmas number one with Bohemian Rhapsody, what was happening in computing? USA network planned to link incompatible computers, 1000th ICL 2903 installed (at £100,000) ...

Monster Resurrection

Artist David Link pays tribute to Tony Sale and three other British engineers and curators who practiced media archaeology long before the liberal arts discovered the theme.

Rebooting the WITCH - third life anniversary

Today is the third anniversary of the reboot of the WITCH, one of the most popular exhibits at the Museum. As the world's oldest working digital computer, many hail it as a "proper computer" ...

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