Company Away Days at TNMOC

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Company Away Days take on a special meaning at The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park is opening its doors to companies looking for an inspiring away day for staff and an historic meeting venue in the world’s first purpose-built computer centre.

Corporate groups can have standard or customised tours of the Museum to see the ongoing development of computing from the war-time Colossus code-breaking computer right up to the handhelds of the present day. Well-equipped meeting room facilities complete the package, so that companies can hold team seminars for up to 40 people in the historic Block H that housed the Colossus code-breaking computers during World War II. Costs are £30 per person including a finger-buffet lunch and refreshments.

Andy Clark, a trustee and director of TNMOC said: “Visits by several big-name companies such as Detica, HP Labs and the Institute of Directors has made us realise how significant a TNMOC Company Away Day can be for organisations. They tell us they get a great perspective on the development of computing which provides a very meaningful context for their current business activities. We have therefore decided to promote the TNMOC Awayday as a full-day or half-day package for any organisation.”

Dr Edmund Nash, who came as a member of a group of Detica's Security Academy students, said: “Bletchley's contribution to British intelligence is fascinating, and it was really useful for our students to understand the context in which Detica operates. However, TNMOC goes far beyond the wartime record – there's equipment from the '40s right up to '80s childhood memories such as the BBC Micro, much of which is still functioning. New exhibits seem to be opening all the time, so we'll definitely be back – and I'd thoroughly recommend others to visit.”

The Company Away Day tours are led by highly experienced and trained volunteers and normally include viewing a working rebuild of the world’s first modern computer, Colossus, the restoration of the 1950s Harwell-WITCH computer, the mainframes of the 1960s-1980s, the development of microcomputers and handhelds from the 1980s to the present, and an explanation of the technology of the internet in the NPL gallery.

Facilities include a 40-seater meeting room with an interactive whiteboard and digital projector, and wi-fi throughout the Museum. Finger-buffet lunches and refreshments can be provided and the TNMOC shop also provides small mementoes of any visit.

For booking information about Company Away Days at TNMOC, contact 01908 374708.

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