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
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Computers 24/7 at the Centre for Computing History

  • 16 May 2014 6-9pm

Join us for an exclusive late night opening at the Cambridge Centre for Computing History on Friday 16 May, as part of Museums at Night. We'll be opening our gallery spaces between 6.00pm - 9.00pm and there will be two very special pre-booked tours running during the evening.

In these ‘Computers 24/7’ tours, curator, Jason Fitzpatrick, will reference the museum’s unique collection to explore the nocturnal activity of computers across the world.

There will be a wide range of working vintage computers available for closer viewing on the night including the SGI Origin, the Ferranti Argus 100 and the unique NeXT Cube (the same type of computer that Tim Berners Lee used to develop the WWW).

Visitors will also be able to get a feel for what it was like to use many much loved machines like the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and the BBC Micro.

Places on the tours are strictly limited and must be pre-booked. Tours will run at 6.00pm and 7.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £7.00, Children £5.00. A family ticket is available for £20 for up to two adults and two children.

Website

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/32780/Computers-24-7-for-Museums-at-Night/

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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