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:

Museum, Science centre

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.
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Computers 24/7

  • 15 May 2015 6-7pm

In our Computers 24/7 Tour, curator, Jason Fitzpatrick, will reference machines from the Centre's unique collection to explore the nocturnal activity of computers across the world.

A wide range of working vintage computers from our archive will be 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 gain an understanding of what it was like to use iconic machines like the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and the BBC Micro.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £7
Child £5
Family £20 (2 adults, 2 children)

Website

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/32817/Computers-24-7-for-Museums-at-Night/

Retro Video Game Night

Retro Video Game Night

  • 26 June 2015 7pm-12am

As well as the usual retro gaming fun we'll also be hosting a retro gaming swap meet! So if you have some classic retro games or even hardware that you want to swap or sell for something else, then bring it along!

Spaces for this exciting gaming night are limited, so booking is required to ensure your place, although if you're lucky you *may* get in on the night.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£8 advance purchase
£10 on the door

Due to the fact that this is BYOB and the adult nature of some games this is an over 18s event.

Website

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/31239/Retro-Video-Game-Night-Friday-26th-June-2015/

Nintendo Life Press Start

Nintendo Life Gaming Night

  • 25 July 2015 7pm-12am

There’ll be a chance to play all of Nintendo’s classic consoles such as NES, Game Boy, SNES, N64, and even the mighty Virtual Boy!

We’ll be hosting a Super Mario Kart (SNES) tournament with some fantastic prizes, while the event will also be graced by Super Mario Kart World Record Champion Sami Cetin who will show off his skills and give would-be racers some tips.

Another exciting part of this event is the UK premiere of road trip documentary: Nintendo Quest. This film chronicles one man’s quest to collect every official North American NES game ever released over 30 days without using online outlets. Along the way filmmaker Rob McCallum examines the enduring legacy of the NES and Nintendo.

You’ll also have the chance to meet indie developers such as Utopian World of Sandwiches, and try out as-yet unreleased titles such as Chompy Chomp Chomp, a Wii U game that supports up to nine players at once!

StreetPass will naturally be a big part of this event, and we’ve got plenty of dedicated groups attending for this very reason - if you’ve got puzzle pieces left to collect, bring your 3DS along. This will be a night to remember for Nintendo fans, book today so that you don’t miss out on all the fun!

Doors open at 7pm - Film starts 8:30pm - You'll be thrown out at midnight!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £8
Under 16/Student £5
PRE-BOOKING IS REQUIRED to ensure your place, there will be no additional entry on the door.

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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