Centre for Computing History

Centre for Computing History
Rene Court
Coldhams Road
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB1 3EW
England

Website

www.computinghistory.org.uk

E-mail

events@computinghistory.org.uk

Telephone

01223 214446

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Established in 2006, the Centre for Computing History is a pioneering educational charity. Its core purpose is to increase understanding of developments in computing over the past 50 years through exploring the social, cultural and historical impact of the Information Age.

The impact of the computing revolution is immeasurable. It has created a global society; entire cultures remain in transition. Our thinking, our means of communication and the way we organise our lives has been irreversibly transformed. It is now virtually impossible to envisage a world without computers.

Having witnessed some of the biggest business successes and worst business decisions in history, the computing industry has spawned notorious legal battles, created the world’s wealthiest man and engendered breath-taking innovation.

This is a story as compelling as any Shakespearean drama encompassing passion, intrigue, betrayal, wonder, risk and vision.

Significantly, there is now a generation growing up who know little or nothing about the dawn of the Information Age. They are fascinated to learn that computers in 1975 had less power than today’s mobile phones!

(Registered Charity No: 1130071)

Venue Type:

Archive, Museum, Science centre, Gallery

Opening hours

Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

Admission charges

£7 adults
£5 children (5-16years)
Under 5's are free.
£20 Family ticket (up to two adults and two children).

Getting there

The museum is at Rene Court in Coldhams Road, Cambridge, CB1 3EW, very close to the Beehive Shopping Centre. From the Beehive Centre, take the 3rd exit off the roundabout into Coldhams Road and go over the railway bridge. Immediately after the bridge there is a very sharp, left hand turn that doubles-back on itself. Take that turn into the commercial estate and follow the road to your right. Just before the railway crossing, turn first right into Rene Court and you will see the museum.

Includes a vast range of vintage computers and gadgets, peripherals, software, literature and other related artefacts. Aims to tell the story of the Information Age.

Collection details

Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Microsoft
  • Altair
  • Sir Clive Sinclair
  • Apple
  • Acorn
  • Amstrad
  • Spectrum
  • Commodore
  • Atari
  • IBM
  • Psion
  • Compaq
  • neXT
  • Steve Furber
  • Bill Gates
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Retro Gaming

Peterborough Retro Video Game Night

  • 20 September 2014 7-11pm

Come along and rediscover the games of your mis-spent youth! Enjoy an evening playing different games and the opportunity to meet new people! Family friendly. 7pm-11pm
THIS IS AN EXTERNAL EVENT - THIS IS NOT AT THE MUSEUM.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Austin Hall, Yaxley, Peterborough
Austin Hall
Yaxley
Peterborough
Cambs
PE7 3LU
England

Admission

£7

Website

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/34835/Peterborough-Retro-Video-Game-Night-Saturday-20th-September-2014/

Maxxed Out Gaming Night

Maxxed Out Retro Family Gaming Night

  • 4 October 2014 From 6pm

We'll be opening at 6pm for a solid 4 hours of digital fun. Games that everyone can play from retro games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Tetris to some of the modern Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games. All in a fun and family friendly environment. It's a great chance for kids and parents to come together, share experiences, play against each other and talk about how technology and gaming has changed over the years.

We're also please to announce that Utopian World of Sandwiches will be here giving YOU the opportunity to play their new game 'Chompy Chomp Chomp' which will be coming soon to Wii U! You can enjoy this multiplayer pac-man/bomberman inspired game where chompies chase and chomp each other!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £7
Child £5
Family £20

Website

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/32505/Maxxed-Out-Gaming-Night-Saturday-4th-October/

Getting there

The museum is at Rene Court in Coldhams Road, Cambridge, CB1 3EW, very close to the Beehive Shopping Centre. From the Beehive Centre, take the 3rd exit off the roundabout into Coldhams Road and go over the railway bridge. Immediately after the bridge there is a very sharp, left hand turn that doubles-back on itself. Take that turn into the commercial estate and follow the road to your right. Just before the railway crossing, turn first right into Rene Court and you will see the museum.

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