Computers: The Reel History

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The National Museum of Computing worked with The Projected Picture Trust at Bletchley Park in October 2011 to bring some computing history using some cinema history.

As part of the BBC's Reel History of Britain series, we showed some of our 16mm film archive using the amazing and authentic Enigma Cinema based at Bletchley Park.

The films used one of the original projectors at the Cinema (checkout the Enigma website for some excellent images) and visitors were able to sit in those special cinema seats whilst watching some classic computers.

This must be 'double geekery' because the Enigma Cinema hosts an incredible collection of cinema and home projectors that were available to see as part of the visit.

The films were shown on the afternoon of Sunday October 16th and Sunday October 30th 2011.

The event wasfree but you must register here to gain access.

12.30-1.00pm: An opportunity to visit and browse the amazing collection of the Projected Picture Trust at the Enigma Cinema, Bletchley Park.
1.00pm: EDSAC film from 1976 and 1951 Narrative by Maurice Wilkes
1.15pm: Pegasus 1955
1.30pm: LEO 1950s
2.00pm: Power Samas punched card manufacturing 1925 (Silent)
2.15pm: Power Samas Intro to punched card accounting 1950
2.35pm: Computers in the supermarket ICL 1903A (TESCO) 1970
2.50pm: The Endless Revolution Sperry Univac 1980s

Running times approximate. Programme was based on using original 16mm films.

Approx end 3.20pm

The screenings were free but those wishing to see the rest of Bletchley Park could access their ticketing facility on site and pay the appropriate charge which will enable them to tour the park.

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