Issured boosts TNMOC learning programme

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New elements are being added to the Learning Programme at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on Bletchley Park thanks to funding from Issured, the digital transformation and cyber specialists.

Already highly popular with schools and colleges across the land, the Learning Programme will now be further enhanced with the Issured donation. Phase 1 of the enhancements will include an increased focus on cyber skills, give hands-on access to the latest in virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) and artificial intelligence (AI), and encourage students to develop a chat bot for a Turing Test challenge.

First launched in 2011, the museum’s educational programme is so popular that booking well ahead is now essential. Each year, around 5,000 students receive an introduction to computing history unparalleled anywhere else in the world. While practical elements, including an introduction to coding, have been available for some time, the next phase of development that will includes cyber, VR, AR and AI is bound to further increase demand and popularity.

Andrew Herbert, chair of TNMOC, said, “The Issured donation gives the learning team, led by Anne-Marie Sandos, a terrific opportunity to build on our successes. The opportunity to see working vintage computers brings computing history alive and is inspirational to prospective computer scientists and engineers. The addition of virtual and augmented reality elements along with artificial intelligence and cyber elements is bound to increase and widen students’ career prospects.”

Jonathan Empson, CEO of Issured, said, “Having offices on the Bletchley Park Science and Innovation Centre close to The National Museum of Computing has been an inspiration for our staff. The transformation in computing over the past few decades has been incredible. Working in an environment where this transformation is celebrated inspires and enthuses us to provide organisations with strategies and designs to ensure they can achieve organisational transformation in a digital era. Young people are the future of all of the organisations we work with and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor the ongoing development of such a unique and inspiring programme.”

The Learning Programme at TNMOC is designed to support the National Curriculum and schemes of work for GCSEs and A levels. For more information, see www.learn.org/learn

Notes To Editors

About Issured

Issured is a digital transformation specialist for UK and international organisations of all sizes. Based on the Bletchley Park Science and Innovation Centre, Issured has a proved track record of helping at all stages of business digital transformation, from strategy and process design to system applications, change management and effective governance and compliance. See www.issured.com

About The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park in Block H, one of England’s ‘irreplaceable places’, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including reconstructions of the wartime code-breaking Colossus and the Bombe, 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 to inspire the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.

Sponsors of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Science and Innovation Centre, Fujitsu, InsightSoftware.com, Paessler AG, Sophos, Issured, Lenovo, Bloomberg, Ocado Technology, Ceravision, CreateOnline, 4Links, Google UK, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, FUZE and BCS.

The whole Museum is open to the public from 12 noon - 5 pm on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, spring and summer Bank Holidays. During long school holidays, there are additional opening days. The Colossus and Tunny galleries are open daily. Public and private Guided Tours are available and bookable online – see the website for details. Educational and corporate group visits are available by prior arrangement.

Please note: the Mainframes Gallery is currently closed for refurbishment and is expected to be re-opened in April.

For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook.

Media Contacts

Stephen Fleming, Palam Communications, for The National Museum of Computing
01635 299116
s.fleming@palam.co.uk

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