Special Projects

Special Projects

There are many special projects, some large, some small, undertaken by volunteers at The National Museum of Computing. Here are a few of the major current and recent restorations and recreations.

  • EDSAC, dating from the 1950s and the world's first computer designed for users, is being recreated at The National Museum of Computing.

  • The Harwell Dekatron aka WITCH Computer, first operated in 1951, becoming acknowledged by 1973 as the world's most durable computer, has been restored and is now the world's oldest original working digital computer.

  • The museum's largest computer, the huge ICL 2966 from around 1985/7, is coming back to life. It's a mainframe and occupies almost a third of the floor space in the large systems gallery.

  • The story of the Rebuild of Colossus Mark II by a team led by Tony Sale.

  • The Robinson was one of the early attempts to industrialise code-breaking during World War II. Robinson predated Colossus -- in fact the Colossus computers came about because of the problems that the Robinson machines uncovered.

  • Transputer Project - inspired by a donation from 4Links, the SpaceWire specialist, a project is breathing life back into a forgotten piece of British technological genius.

  • Project Block H as part of the 70th anniversary of Block H the first results of an embryo project to recreate a virtual 1940’s Block H were revealed.

  • ICT 1301 / Flossie - one of the first mass-produced British business computers has been rescued from the scrapheap for the third time in its 50-year history to be restored and then put on display at TNMOC.