Computer Weekly donates its 44-year archive to TNMOC

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The story of IT from specialised sector to economic powerhouse

The real-time story of the achievements of the UK IT industry over the past five decades is now part of the fast-growing archive at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. Computer Weekly has donated 104 volumes of back copies of its publication which started in 1966 as well as many associated photographs.

Computer Weekly (www.computerweekly.com) was the world’s first weekly computer publication and in the year 2000 was named the most influential IT business magazine of the twentieth century in the Campaign Hall of Fame. The back copies are now accessible to researchers on request at TNMOC archive.

Kevin Murrell trustee and director of TNMOC said: “These beautifully bound copies of Computer Weekly and many associated images are a fascinating resource in our developing archive and we are very grateful to Computer Weekly for its contribution. I’m sure these records of the IT industry will help stimulate research and interest in our computing heritage which has come so far so quickly. The early issues of Computer Weekly reflect a rather different world as computing was beginning to find its feet in business. I noticed a job advert in an early issue for “23 to 28-year-old male programmers” The annual salary was £735!”

Computer Weekly editor in chief Bryan Glick said: “As the longest-established IT publication in the UK, Computer Weekly’s archive represents an unparalleled record of the achievements of the UK IT industry. Our back catalogue documents how technology moved from a fledgling, specialised sector to the powerhouse of economic growth it is today – it is a unique record of the development of the most exciting and fast-changing market in the world. We are delighted to donate more than 40 years of Computer Weekly to the National Museum of Computing to add to its collection of the history of an industry in which UK businesses and IT professionals have played such a significant global role.”

The task of digitising the Computer Weekly images will begin shortly. They offer fascinating glimpses of computing in previous decades and in time they will be featured on the TNMOC website www.tnmoc.org

Providing news, analysis, information and jobs for IT professionals and IT decision-makers, Computer Weekly magazine is today read by 90,000 people and its website receives more than one million page impressions each month.

The archive at TNMOC, currently maintained by Brian Aldous, contains thousands of individual items including vintage software and computer games, the complete ICL manufacturing archive, the complete Digital microfiche collection of over 10,000 films, and copies of Personal Computer World from 1978-95.

Researchers wishing to access the Archive should email info@tnmoc.org explaining the nature and purpose of their work.

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