Ensoft, software developer for the Internet and large networks, has made its second major donation to The National Museum of Computing to assist the Museum’s in inspiring young people to take up careers in computing.
Simon Chatterjee, director & CTO of Ensoft, said, “Three years ago we made our first donation to The National Museum of Computing and we have been very impressed at the progress that has been made. In revealing the origins of computing to young people and enabling them to experience hands-on activities with technology new and old, we believe the next generation of citizens will be more empowered to thrive in a digital future.
“Ensoft’s success has been built on our technology, our culture, and the high calibre of the graduates we have been able to recruit. The National Museum of Computing is a truly unique place for our staff to learn about their computing heritage and provides a stimulating seed bed for the young talent that will become tomorrow’s workforce.”
With the new Ensoft funding of £35,000, the museum will be developing its STEM-focused Bytes festivals that run during the school holidays, integrating the Bombe into the museum’s highly popular Learning Programme and enhancing its marketing to young people.
Welcoming the second Ensoft donation, Andrew Herbert, chair of trustees at The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park, said, “Ensoft’s engagement with the museum is exemplary. The company fully appreciates the benefits that an understanding of computing heritage can bring and the inspiration that can come from learning how individuals and teams have overcome apparently insurmountable barriers to achieve their visions in creating our digital world.”
Ensoft is a small UK company that writes software that connects with world. Its 70 engineers specialise in developing all aspects of networking software. Ensoft-developed technology is a critical part of many of the largest routers that make up the Internet.
About The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park in Block H, one of England’s ‘irreplaceable places’, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including reconstructions of the wartime code-breaking Colossus and the Bombe, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.
The Museum runs a highly successful Learning Programme for schools and colleges and promotes introductions to computer coding amongst young people to inspire the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.
Sponsors of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Science and Innovation Centre, Fujitsu, InsightSoftware.com, Paessler, Sophos, Lenovo, Bloomberg, Ocado Technology, Ceravision, CreateOnline, 4Links, Google UK, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, FUZE and BCS.
The whole Museum is open to the public from 12 noon - 5 pm on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, spring and summer Bank Holidays. During long school holidays, there are additional opening days. The Colossus and Tunny galleries are open daily. Public and private Guided Tours are available and bookable online – see the website for details. Educational and corporate group visits are available by prior arrangement.
For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook.
Stephen Fleming, Palam Communications, for The National Museum of Computing