Smartphone app for TNMOC visitors

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The first iPhone app for visitors to The National Museum of Computing is now available free from the iPhone App Store. Designed to give information before and during a visit to the Museum, the iPhone app is both useful and fun with lots of opportunities for visitors to share experiences of their visit through social media.

To download the free app, search for "TNMOC" on the iPhone App Store or download here

Designed by TNMOC volunteer David Walton, the app gives up-to-the-minute information about the Museum including opening times, how to get there, pictures and text about what is on display, and a plan of the Museum showing where everything is. There are quick-links for visitors to easily share their experiences with friends through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and links to TNMOC's growing collection of You Tube videos. It provides access to the existing online booking of TNMOC's regular tours and how to book educational and corporate group visits.

Andy Clark, Chair of TNMOC, said: "This app is expertly designed and will be of great value to visitors to TNMOC both before and during their visit. TNMOC benefits from a fantastic team of volunteers and David Walton's app is a first class example of the dedication and skill which has enabled the Museum to progress so far, so quickly with such a limited budget."

David Walton, the app designer, said: "The learning curve in building the app was interesting for me in applying my skills to mobile technologies and to the Apple delivery process. I'm pleased with the result, especially the social media elements that allow users to easily share. I look forward to the user response -- I've made sure that it's very easy for them to give feedback!"

Although the specifics of future apps are not yet planned, it is expected that this iPhone app will be the first of a series with others focusing on specific aspects of the Museum.

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 and Saturdays from 1pm, and on Bank Holidays in spring and summer. Guided tours are also available at 2.30pm on Tuesdays and Sundays. 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 possible 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.

Media Contacts
Stephen Fleming
Palam Communications for TNMOC
t +44 (0) 1635 299116
e sfleming@palam.co.uk

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