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In May 2017, the National Museum of Computing and the BCS Computer Conservation Society are organizing a joint two-day meeting on the practice of computer conservation bringing together worldwide experts in computing and software conservation.

Monday 22 May 2017
Formal Conference at the BCS HQ, Southampton Street, London.

10:00-10:25 Registration
10:25-10:30 David Morriss: Introduction & Welcome
10:30-11:00 Doron Swade: The Historical Utility of Reconstruction and Restoration
11:00-11:30 Andrew Herbert et al: Building the EDSAC Replica
11:30-12:00 Chris Burton: Maintainability and Sustainability Issues in Restored and Replicated Computer Systems
12:00-12:30 Discussion on Utility, Management, and Sustainability
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 John Chilvers: Curatorial Lessons from Other Operational Preservationists
14:15-15:00 Robert Garner: Restoring and Exhibiting 1960s Vintage Computers at the Computer History Museum
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-16:15 Nicholas Hekman et al: IBM System/360 Printer Revitalization at TechWorks!
16:15-17:00 Johannes Blobel and Jochen Viehoff: The New Public Engagement in Computer Museums and the History of Computing Machines Engagement
17:00-17:15 Close
19:00 Dinner

Tuesday 23 May 2017
Workshop on Computer Restoration at TNMoC, Bletchley Park.

The workshop will focus on the museum’s principal restoration projects including the Colossus, the Harwell Dekatron Computer, the EDSAC, the ICL 2966, and the IRIS air-traffic control software. The workshop will effectively be a conversation to share practical experience.

10:30-11:00 Arrival
11:00-11:15 Andrew Herbert & Martin Campbell-Kelly Welcome and introduction
Delwyn Holroyd: Restoration and Operation of the ICL 2966
Ben Trethowan: Capturing, Restoring, and Presenting the Independent Radar Investigation System (IRIS)
Phil Hayes and John Whetter: Colossus: The Light Is on But the Door is Shut
Peter Linington: Constructing and Testing a Replica Store for the EDSAC
Kevin Murrell: The Harwell Dekatron Computer
13:00-13:45 Lunch
13:45-16:45 Demonstrations
16:45 Close


There is a modest fee of £22.50 to attend conference to cover lunch, printing and other costs. Dinner on the 22nd is optional and will cost an additional £25 (drinks payable on the day).

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