Equipment donations ... hang on please!
The National Museum of Computing welcomes interesting donations of equipment, software, documentation and tools. However, we have to resist the urge to accept all equipment donations because of space constraints.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org about potential donations. Although we may not be able to accept your donation, we are still very interested!
Software and documentation donations are less affected. Nonetheless, as storage is a big problem for these too, we have to be very selective in what we can accept.
Please do not be offended if we cannot accept some or all of your donation. All we ask is to have the opportunity to consider items, so please do get in touch if you think you have something of interest.
When contacting us about a potential equipment donation please do so via email@example.com with details of your offer, its condition, and, where possible, pictures. For an older items some history about it would also be helpful. We will then consider your donation and confirm what items we would welcome.
We are unable to deal with donations by phone so please DO NOT ring our main contact number about a possible donation. Also any unsolicited equipment donations brought or sent to us cannot be accepted. Instead, please send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is some guidance about what we look for. It is certainly not a definitive list, but will give you an idea of the sorts of things we are interested in.
When we accept donated items into the collection, it will be under two possible categories:
Heritage: Items that are rare, unique or require special attention and care will be accessioned to our special heritage collection. These items may be put on display but will not normally be usable by the public, restored to working order or used as spares to keep other systems working.
Interactive: Items that are not rare or where we hold a number of similar items, will be accessioned to the Interactive handling collection. These items will be available to be used by visitors to the museum, put on display, used in exhibitions or for spares to keep existing systems operational.
Educational / Creative software - for 8 / 16 bit micros
Ephemera, software and documentation related to significant domestic computer / electronic products and programmes
Books and computer related magazines from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s including system manuals Note: current storage limitations mean we cannot accept large collections of books or magazines at the moment but smaller / single items should be OK
If you are an author or publisher of a computer related book, a donated copy for our library would be gladly received.
Software for older systems
We are also looking for software to run on the older systems we have working / on display in the Museum.
The systems we are particularly interested in are: Elliott 803, 903, ICL 1900/2900, ICL System 25, IBM 1130, WITCH / Harwell Dekatron Computer, ICT 1301, but welcome software for others. The programs can be on paper tape, punched cards, tape, disc or even a printed listing. Why not come along with your software and see it running again!
We would especially welcome software for older Research Machines systems like 380Z / 480Z.
Any system software; Compilers, Assemblers, engineer test programs, demonstration programs.
Any user written software, especially if it can produce output to printers, plotters etc. and thus be good for demonstrating the systems capabilities.
We are looking for information about the following:
Unusual programming languages such as MIRFAC
Old MoD computers such as COSMOS and AMOS
MOSAIC which was a direct descendant of Pilot ACE built by GPO for RRE
Description of the Culham GHOST graphics library for KDF9.
This list will be updated fairly regularly so please check back often. Last updated Nov 2014.