TNMOC publishes its first guidebook

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A new full-colour guide to the remarkable collection of working computers at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) located on Bletchley Park has just been published.

Sponsored by InsightSoftware.com and dedicated to the memory of the late Tony Sale, the 32-page, lavishly illustrated guidebook leads readers through the rapidly-growing collection of working computers at TNMOC from the rebuild of Colossus, the world's first modern computer, to the 2011 BBC Domesday Touch-table.

Illustrated with well over 100 colour photographs and packaged in a retro-styled floppy disc sleeve, the Guidebook is designed as a treasured souvenir of a visit and as a tantalising insight to tempt new visitors to come to see one of the world's top dedicated computing museums.

Andy Clark, Chairman of The National Museum of Computing said: "This beautifully produced publication will grace any desktop and we urge computer users everywhere to help our Museum grow by purchasing a copy. We are extremely grateful to InsightSoftware.com for sponsoring the publication and in helping us to spread the word about the amazing computer heritage work at the Museum."

Clark added: "The rapid growth of TNMOC means that the Guidebook will soon have to be updated, so this first-ever guide of our rapidly developing Museum may well become a collectors' item."

The Guidebook costs £10 and is available at The National Museum of Computing or by mail-order from the Museum (£15 including post and packing). TNMOC members will receive free copies.

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 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+.

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

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