National Museum of Computing opens Women in Computing display with Google help

By Ben Miller | 10 September 2013

Opening: Women in Computing, The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley

A photo of a woman looking at a circular interactive exhibit on the wall of a gallery
The new Women in Computing gallery is designed to inspire a new generation© The National Museum of Computing,
When Bletchley’s National Museum of Computing discovered only a fraction of its younger visitors were female, it decided to address the balance in style.

Backed by Google UK, the new Women in Computing Gallery is a multimedia tribute to digital ingenuity, its opening accompanied by an event, Heroines of Computing, informed by the search engine giant.

"Girls must take advantage of the revival of computing in schools and recognise and grab the opportunities that our wonderful sector offers,” said one of the stars of the show, Dame Stephanie Shirley, who called these heroines “historic facts” with the power to “inspire the upcoming generation.”

“Britain's economy demands that women are not just consumers, but rather creators of new technologies and applications.

“This new Women in Computing gallery at TNMOC will promote positive role models for women and so encourage girls and women in critical thinking and engineering.”

Six large touch screens tell tales of little-known forward-thinkers.

“Women's part in the history of computing will not be confined to this new Gallery,” added Chris Monk, the museum’s Learning Co-ordinator.

“As the museum grows, their stories will be embedded throughout the museum.”

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A photo of the inside of a modern technological gallery with carpeted floor and green chairs
© The National Museum of Computing,
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