TV star takes up residence in TNMOC

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George the Robot, who appears on the BBC Wallace and Gromit TV series World of Invention (on 17 November 2010), is the sixty-year old brainchild of Tony Sale, TNMOC trustee and leader of the Colossus computer rebuild team. George can now be seen by the general public at The National Museum of Computing and on special days will even perform some of his old tricks.

BBC News Online Video of George's arrival at TNMOC. And there has been quite a stir in the media since then.

Tony Sale said: “George was one of my early ventures into electronics. I built a prototype with Meccano when I was in my teens, but when, as a Pilot Officer, I was posted to RAF Debden in Suffolk, I found the perfect material for a life-size George: recycled aluminium from a crashed Wellington Bomber. It took me three weeks to build him in 1950 and he created quite a stir at the time, attracting the attention of Pathe News.”

Pathé Newsreel clip from 18 December 1950:

George then languished in Tony’s garage until the 1950’s Pathé footage came to the attention of Aardman Animations, producers of the Wallace and Gromit series.

George, now 60 years of age, walks and moves quite freely, but he can no longer sit down and has sadly lost the capacity to use his photocell eyes to locate and home in on an illuminated bottle of beer as he once could.

George can now be seen in The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. TNMOC is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-4pm in winter and 1-5pm in summer and on bank holidays. Guided tours of TNMOC are available on Tuesday afternoons (book in morning) and on some other days. Groups may visit at other times by arrangement.

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