Centre for Computing History

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The Centre for Computing History is an inspirational educational charity (est. 2006) and museum with a collection in excess 24,000 items.

The computing revolution has been responsible for wholesale social and cultural transformation, irreversibly changing our ways of thinking, communicating, organizing, working and playing on a speed and scale unparalleled in human history.

Our core purpose is to increase understanding of developments in computing over the past 60 years through exploring the social, cultural and historical impact of the digital revolution. Our aim is to bring this exciting, profound and tumultuous story to life.

We also do lots of unusual ‘stuff’ – engaging youngsters in fun ways with off-curricula engineering and electronics; designing creative coding workshops; running ‘tech tents’ at big national events such as the BBC’s Make It Digital campaign; evolving the country’s most extensive archive on personal computing; and building learning and partnership links with local tech businesses to deliver exciting computing projects in the community – all with the aim of helping people, especially young people, develop the 21st-century skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century workplace.

Since opening in Cambridge in late 2013, over 20,000 visitors, including 10,000 children, have visited the museum, benefited from our workshops, interactive exhibits and informative tours. Through a creative educational programme, the Centre provides the opportunity for children of all ages to encounter, engage and enjoy a diversity of computing experiences.

CCH is currently developing two new Cambridge-related archives: a Sinclair collection and an Acorn collection.

(Registered Charity No: 1130071)

Venue Type:

Museum, Science centre, Archive

Opening hours

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

Admission charges

£8 adults
£6 children (5-16years)
Under 5's are free.
£24 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.

Limited parking is available.

Additional info

Open Monday - Friday for school bookings

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

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.

Limited parking is available.

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

Website

www.computinghistory.org.uk

E-mail

info@computinghistory.org.uk

Telephone

01223 214446

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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