TNMOC receives a £1 million pledge
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The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, UK, has been pledged its largest-ever single donation of £1 million and is seeking the required matched funding to double its value.
The donation will be phased as matching funding is received and will enable the Museum to develop its enormous potential. Early priorities include refurbishing the Museum and increasing its capacity for visitors and exhibits.
The Museum already houses the world's largest selection of working historic computers including the rebuild of Colossus, the world's first electronic computer, and the Harwell Dekatron or WITCH computer, the world's oldest working digital computer. Through a series of galleries, Museum visitors can trace the development of computing from the pioneering work of the 1940s to the present day. Most displays are designed to give visitors hands-on access in a highly dynamic and enjoyable learning environment.
Tim Reynolds, Chairman of Trustees of TNMOC, is naturally delighted with the news: "Despite modest budgets, high rent, and a challenging economic climate, TNMOC has opened six acclaimed and genuinely unique new galleries in the past four years. To make this happen staff and volunteers have been working with enthusiasm, skill and patience and funders have been generous in difficult economic times.
"Already the Museum is recognised as one of the top computing museums in the world, but we have only just started. This new funding -- the largest single private donation to any organisation on Bletchley Park -- will enable us to unleash amazing potential."
The donor, Matt Crotty, a technology entrepreneur and a trustee of TNMOC, said; "To help the development of a Museum such as this is an exceptional opportunity that comes once in a lifetime. I have watched this organisation grow and make astonishing achievements with very limited funding. My decision to donate has also been motivated by the increasing public awareness of the significance of digital heritage and the role and understanding it can play in inspiring current and future generations to become engineers and computer scientists."
The Museum has just completed its first Summer Bytes Festival, an August-long event designed to encourage young people to be creative rather than just consumers of technology. Its learning programme for educational visits will recommence when term starts and its corporate visiting program is developing rapidly. Another new gallery will be opening shortly.
Notes To Editors
About The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing, located at Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a 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.
Funders of the Museum include Bletchley Park Capital Partners, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, Google UK, PGP Corporation, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, BCS, the Drapers' Foundation, Black Marble, and the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.
The Museum is currently open to the public on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm, and on summer Bank Holidays. Guided tours are also available at 2.30pm on Tuesdays. There are often additional opening times for the public -- see the website or the iPhone app for updates. Educational and corporate groups are very welcome and may be on any day or evening by prior arrangement.
For more information, 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.
Palam Communications for TNMOC
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