Fujitsu becomes a Foundation Sponsor
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Fujitsu, the global ICT provider, is supporting The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on Bletchley Park by becoming a Foundation Sponsor. The move reflects the pioneering role that Fujitsu’s predecessor companies in the UK, such as ICL, played in the early days of the UK computer industry.
Today that history is reflected at TNMOC in the form of the Museum’s largest computer, the ICL 2966 of the 1970s and 1980s, and its forerunners the Elliott systems of the 1960s. These systems have or are being restored and can be seen in operation at the Museum.
Tim Reynolds, Chair of TNMOC, said: “Fujitsu’s generous sponsorship of the Museum is inspiring. Fujitsu’s role in conserving British computing heritage has been exemplary. Its archives have contributed significantly to our displays of early British computing that today attract great interest not just from those who have lived through the developments, but also from upcoming generations of aspiring computer scientists and engineers on the Museum’s Learning Programme.
“Fujitsu UK’s contribution as a Foundation Sponsor will be enormously valuable in enabling the further development of the Museum as one of the world’s top computing museums.”
Simon Carter, Marketing Director, UK & Ireland for Fujitsu added: “We are delighted to support TNMOC through this sponsorship. Our employees are very proud of the great contribution made by Fujitsu’s predecessor companies in the UK to the evolution of modern computing. Through the course of its 80 year history, Fujitsu has built a strong global reputation for innovation, a characteristic that remains at the heart of our corporate DNA. Our sponsorship of TNMOC is a great way of celebrating this heritage.”
Notes To Editors
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 159,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.8 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.
About Fujitsu in the UK & Ireland
Fujitsu employs over 14,000 people in the UK & Ireland, with total revenues exceeding £1.8 billion. Offering an integrated product and service portfolio, we deliver consulting, applications, technology products, systems integration and managed services, including cloud-based solutions, for customers across both public and private sectors, including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer IT. For more information, please see http://uk.fujitsu.com
About The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.
The Museum runs a highly successful Learning Programme for schools and colleges and promotes introductions to computer coding amongst young people, especially females, to inspire the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.
A pledge by an individual benefactor of £1 million if matched funding is found means that every pound or dollar donated to the Museum will count double. Funders of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Capital Partners, Bloomberg, CreateOnline, Ceravision, Ensoft, InsightSoftware.com, Ocado Technology, FUZE, 4Links, Google UK, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, BCS and now Fujitsu.
The whole Museum is currently open to the public from 12 noon on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, spring and summer Bank Holidays and during school holidays. The Colossus and Tunny galleries are open daily. Public and private Guided Tours are available and bookable online – see the website or the iPhone app for details. Educational and corporate group visits are available by prior arrangement.
For more information about TNMOC and trustees, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+. A TNMOC iPhone App is also now available from the iPhone App Store.
Stephen Fleming, Palam Communications