TNMOC appoints first Museum Director

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The National Museum of Computing has appointed Dr David Hartley as its first Museum Director.

Andy Clark, Chair of TNMOC Trustees, said: "This is a key appointment at a crucial stage in the Museum's growth and we are extraordinarily fortunate to be able to access the proven director-level skills and experience of someone with such a profound knowledge of computing heritage."

Dr Hartley is a chartered engineer in the area of computing and information technology and was Director of the Cambridge University Computing Service for many years. He has also been a consultant and adviser for government (including the Prime Minister's office), education, research and industry. He was President of the BCS (1999/2000) and Chairman of the Computer Conservation Society for four years until 2011. He is currently a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and Honorary Member of the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory.

Dr Hartley said: "I am honoured and excited to be given this role, particularly since the many contacts I have had with TNMOC through the Computer Conservation Society have shown me that the Museum is a unique place and deserves to maintain a position of being the best computer museum in the country and one of the finest in the world."

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 programmable computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s.

New working exhibits are regularly unveiled and the public can already view a rebuilt and fully operational Colossus, the ongoing restoration of the Harwell Dekatron / WITCH computer, an ICL 2966, one of the workhorse mainframes computers of the 1980s, many of the earliest desktops of the 1980s and 1990s, plus the NPL Technology of the Internet Gallery. In June 2010 TNMOC hosted Britain’s first-ever Vintage Computer Festival.

Funders of the Museum include Bletchley Park Capital Partners, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, PGP Corporation, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, BCS, Black Marble, and the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Museum is currently open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1pm, and on Bank Holidays in spring and summer. Guided tours are also available at 2.30pm on Tuesdays, 2pm Sundays and some other days. Groups may visit at other times by arrangement and special organisation Away-Days can be booked.

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

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Palam Communications for TNMOC
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