National Museum of Computing calls on public to help double historic £1 milllion pledge

By Ben Miller | 06 September 2013

A technology entrepreneur who has offered £1 million to Buckinghamshire’s National Museum of Computing has called on the public to ensure the museum will receive double the windfall by matching his pledge.

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The National Museum of Computing is calling on the public to help inspire young people by backing an ambitious expansion programme© TNMOC
Matt Crotty, a trustee at the Bletchley Park home of digital history, will phase his funding in line with donations from supporters. Curators plan to use the money to refurbish the venue, increase its capacity and galvanise its “amazing potential”.

“To help the development of a Museum such as this is an exceptional opportunity that comes once in a lifetime,” says Crotty.

“I have watched this organisation grow and make astonishing achievements with very limited funding.

“My decision to donate has also been motivated by the increasing public awareness of the significance of digital heritage and the role and understanding it can play in inspiring current and future generations to become engineers and computer scientists."

Tim Reynolds, the Chairman of the Trustees, called the announcement “really good news”.

"Already the Museum is recognised as one of the top computing museums in the world, but we have only just started,” he said.

"Despite modest budgets, high rent, and a challenging economic climate, the museum has opened six acclaimed and genuinely unique new galleries in the past four years.

Reynolds paid tribute to the man who started the museum where the world’s first electronic and oldest working digital computers are kept.

“I’m sure that the late Tony Sale, who co-founded the Museum and who led the astonishing rebuild of the Colossus computer, has a huge smile as he looks down on us.

“In the context of some of the world’s most historic computers, we are encouraging young people to be creative with technology.

“We believe that our Museum can play a major role in inspiring the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.”

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