IBM and PGP Corporation support the birthplace of modern computing
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The National Museum of Computing boosted by industry initiative
The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park has today received a major boost from PGP Corporation and IBM who have made contributions to help expand and modernise the museum and to enhance the educational opportunities it offers. This takes it one step closer to ensuring the long term survival of Europe’s largest collection of fully functional computers. A dedicated website http://www.pgp.com/stationx to facilitate the collection of donations has also been launched to garner support from the technical community worldwide and to encourage further contributions to the cause.
“It is fantastic to see companies like IBM and PGP Corporation helping our cause and rallying behind the campaign,” said Jon Fell at The National Museum of Computing. “If we can secure the funding, The National Museum of Computing can become a major historical and educational resource providing access to unique and irreplaceable materials and detailing the history of computing. We have had a great response to the campaign so far, but more is definitely needed to preserve this British – and international – icon.”
Opened in August 2008, the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park is home to Colossus, the world’s first programmable electronic computer. Activities at Bletchley Park spawned many other important technical innovations under the leadership of Alan Turing, considered by many to be the father of modern computer science.
Today, Bletchley Park serves as a museum and educational centre, with the National Museum of Computing. The museum is, however, in urgent need of funding and is looking to raise sufficient capital to ensure its long-term survival – enabling it to continue to provide the public with access to its facilities and expand its collection.
“As the acknowledged birthplace of modern computing, Bletchley Park is responsible for laying the foundation for many of today's technology innovations,” said Phil Dunkelberger, CEO and President of PGP Corporation. “We believe more can be done to preserve this institution and those of us in the technology industry can do more to help."
“The collection at the museum brings to life the origins of much of what we depend upon in modern life today, letting future generations experience this can only fuel interest and maybe encourage visitors to take up a career in technology,” said Andrew Hart, UK Security and Privacy Services Leader at IBM.
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About The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park
The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, an independent charity, houses the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic programmable computer.
The Museum complements the Bletchley Park Trust’s story of codebreaking up to the Colossus and allows 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, a working Air Traffic Control station previously installed at West Drayton, and a working ICL 2900, one of the workhorse mainframes computers of the 1980s.
About Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park, once Britain’s best kept secret, is a heritage site with exhibitions and activities on Britain’s code-breaking activities during World War II.
As the heart of the world’s biggest secret communications network, 8,500 people worked and lived in Bletchley Park during the war. It is the birthplace of GCHQ, today’s Government Communications Headquarters. Bletchley Park tells the wartime story and also houses the National Museum of Computing. Bletchley Park is run by the Bletchley Park Trust and is open daily to visitors.
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