CCS launches the Tony Sale Award

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The National Museum of Computing warmly welcomes the establishment of the Tony Sale Award by The Computer Conservation Society. Here is the CCS release issued on 8 May 2012:

A new international award for computer conservation has been established in memory of Tony Sale, a pioneer of computer conservation and globally acclaimed for rebuilding Colossus, the world's first electronic programmable computer.

The Tony Sale Award, managed by the Computer Conservation Society (CCS) and supported by Google UK Ltd, is to recognise an individual or group that has made an outstanding engineering achievement in computer conservation. The closing date for nominations for the first award is 31 July 2012.

The award will be for demonstrable computer conservation work, preferably completed in the past three years, which is already on display or could be made publicly accessible. Open to any individual or group anywhere in the world, the award will be judged by an international judging panel appointed by the CCS. The award will be presented at a special event each October.

Tony Sale, in whose honour the award has been established, is perhaps best known for leading the team that rebuilt the Colossus computer. He was also a key figure in starting the campaign to save Bletchley Park in the early 1990s, in helping to found of The National Museum of Computing and in jointly establishing the Computer Conservation Society.

David Hartley, a recent past chairman of the CCS and member of the CCS Tony Sale Award committee, said: "When Tony Sale died unexpectedly last year, we felt compelled to celebrate his remarkable computer conservation achievements in some special way. For more than two decades, Tony made a huge contribution in promoting the public understanding of our computer heritage and in showing that computer conservation is a stimulating voyage of discovery rather than a simple recreation of a machine."

Kevin Murrell, Secretary of the CCS, said: "In the hectic, fast-paced world of computing, valuable history simply evaporates. As many computer conservation projects across the world have already discovered, there is lots to be learnt in studying the development of hardware and software. Through the Tony Sale Award we want to hear of projects large and small that may reveal fascinating aspects of our developing subject."

Details of the Tony Sale Award can be found at www.sale-award.org

The Computer Conservation Society is a joint venture between BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, the Science Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

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Stephen Fleming for the Computer Conservation Society
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