The Centre for Computing History
The Centre for Computing History was established to create a permanent public exhibition that tells the story of the Information Age.
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The first commercially successful ‘Pesonal Computer’ was the Altair 8800. This machine was unveiled in January 1975 on the cover of Popular Electronics magazine. It sent a shockwave through the computing fraternity and with good reason. The development of the Altair - a watershed moment - was directly responsible for the birth of the personal computer industry.
The impact of the information 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 have been irreversibly transformed. It is now virtually impossible to envisage a world without computers.
The computing industry has witnessed some of the biggest business successes and worst business decisions in history. It has spawned notorious legal battles, created the world’s wealthiest man and engendered breath-taking innovation.
It is a story as compelling as any Shakespearean Drama encompassing passion, intrigue, betrayal, wonder, risk and vision. It is a story waiting to be told in this country.
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!
The Centre for Computing History is currently based in Haverhill, Suffolk in a small space totalling 3,200sqft of which 1000sqft is dedicated display area and the rest is densely packed storage area.
Whilst the museum has been extremely succesful in external displays and exhibitions, the current location has proved inadequate both in terms of size and visitor potential. It has however, allowed us to prove the concept of what the museum could be given the right circumstances.
Following four years of testing and development, we now feel this is the right time to move the museum to larger premises in a location that has both synergy with the subject and an established tourist trade. The location is Cambridge.
Following presentations from the museum’s trustees and the launch of a new fundraising campaign - Odyssey - on 10 March by museum patron Dr Hermann Hauser, Simon Galbraith, CEO of Redgate Software, has thrown down a symbolic gauntlet*.
The Cambridge Centre for Computing History and the LEO Computers Society are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a £101,000 development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)* for Swiss Rolls, Tea and the Electronic Office: A History of LEO, the First Business Computer.
8 October 2018Read in full
A programme of exciting events linked to the past, present and future of women in technology is underway at the Cambridge Centre for Computing History.
2 October 2018Read in full
Alex Meyer MEP has launched Cambridge Centre for Computing History's new fundraising campaign for museum learning. The centre is looking for companies who can help it continue to deliver and expand its successful museum learning programme.
30 May 2018Read in full
This week, as part of the National Lottery Big Thank You, Cambridge's Centre for Computing History is offering free entry to all visitors who bring a lottery ticket with them.
12 December 2017Read in full
Christmas is coming and there are plenty of festive events going on at the Centre for Computing History.
13 November 2017Read in full
From its new women in computing exhibition to music workshops, academic talks to pop-up gaming – the Centre for Computing History has it all this month.
18 October 2017Read in full
Students from St Mary’s Junior School Cambridge Open New Exhibition at Centre for Computing History - Where did all the women go?
10 October 2017Read in full
The Centre for Computing History has joined forces with multinational tech company Citrix to bring more STEM learning activities to even greater numbers of children.
30 August 2017Read in full