29 March – 8 April 2018
On seven days, 12 noon to 5pm
The Paessler 2018 Bytes Festivals at The National Museum of Computing on the Bletchley Park Estate starts on 29 March 2018 with lots of hands-on events and workshops until 8 April 2018.
This year Paessler Spring Bytes starts with a very special movie day on Thursday 29 March – visitors can take part in some of the trials and hazards from the Ready Player One, the Ernest Cline novel and now a hot new science fiction film. You can even use the hardware that is mentioned in the novel and film.
On Friday 30 March, it’s the Big Board Game Day. There are plenty of computer games at the museum, but let’s go old school for the day and explore ice-breakers, team games, and, if you're brave enough, some spooky horror games!
Saturday 31 March sees the Cryptic Codeword Challenge with talks on the machines that broke Hitler’s Lorenz cipher. See if you have what it takes to break a code.
On Sunday 1 April, see and hear Station X, pre-internet communications, on the centenary of the Royal Air Force. See the technologies they used during the Second World War in places like Bletchley Park. There will also be the first SoundBytes session of the season with the latest weirdest ways of making music digitally.
Monday 2 April is SoundBytes Day 2 with our techno-music volunteer who can help you make sounds from even a piece of cardboard! Come and be inspired by his digi-music world.
On Thursday 5 April, parents and children can experience Explore Learning. Their methods of unlocking imagination and learning are suited to anyone aged 4 to 14.
On the morning of Friday 6 April, is the Museum’s acclaimed Relaxed Opening sessions for people with autism. Register for free soon as numbers must be limited to ensure the sessions meet the need!#
Registration is essential. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The afternoon of Friday 6 April sees the return of the very popular Hour of Code. Already they have reached 10% of students across the world! Come and see how they teach computing skills.
The final weekend holds in store a special surprise that might just involve drones …
See the museum website www.tnmoc.org to keep up-to-date on the events and to register to ensure your place.
The 2018 Bytes Festivals are sponsored by Paessler AG, the global network management specialist and makers of PRTG Network Monitor. Paessler also sponsor the very popular Relaxed Opening Sessions for people with autism.
Notes To Editors
About Paessler AG
Paessler AG’s award winning PRTG Network Monitor is a powerful, affordable and easy-to-use Unified Monitoring solution. The vendor-neutral, flexible software is used by enterprises and organisations of all sizes, in all industries.
Over 200,000 IT administrators, in more than 170 countries, rely on PRTG to provide peace of mind when managing their IT Infrastructure: Preparing them for anything.
Founded in 1997 and based in Nuremberg, Germany, Paessler AG remains a privately held company that is recognized as both a member of the Cisco Solution Partner Program and a VMware Technology Alliance Partner.
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 the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, 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 and Google+.
Stephen Fleming, Palam Communications, for The National Museum of Computing