Museum of Computing celebrates first birthday with fancy dress computer gaming extravaganza

By Ben Miller | 11 August 2010
A picture of a group of people at the entrance to a museum

Event: Fancy Dress Gaming Day, The Museum of Computing, Swindon, August 14 2010

If spending the day in the company of Lara Croft, Super Mario, Pacman or Zelda is the stuff most gaming geeks can only dream of, dressing up as them is a far more tangible thrill.

Taking to the streets of Swindon looking like a nimble Italian plumber might not be fashionable, but this Saturday gamers can try it in the company of fellow gamers in exchange for free entry to the Wiltshire town’s escapist haven.

A year after it opened in its new premises, the party is a mark of the success the museum has enjoyed in its central new premises, and it will be celebrating in style with prizes for the best costumes, face painting, mask making and “old school” gaming.

“We’ve got a lot of new exhibits as well as plenty of hands-on areas,” says curator Simon Webb.

“We’ve been doing an enormous amount of work in the gallery, and we have a fantastic team of volunteers who are making the museum a great place to visit.”

As well as Space Invader battles on big screens and dedicated exhibitions from the Science Museum at Wroughton, Collections Manager Dianne Reuby has been working towards museums accreditation for the venue and has recently submitted an ambitious application to adjudicators the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Seven years after it originally opened, Reuby and her team deserve to be heroes for one day.

Open 9.30am-5pm. Admission £2/£1 (family ticket £5, free for under-5s and those in costume, under-14s must be accompanied.)

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