The Centre for Computing History

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.

Address: Rene Court, Coldhams Lane, Cambridge
Postcode: CB1 3EW
Country: United Kingdom
Website: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk
Membership type:Charity <100 staff (£50+VAT pa)

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.

8The 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.

 

Project Odyssey: The Red Gate Gauntlet

Project Odyssey: The Red Gate Gauntlet

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*.

Centre for Computing History fundraising campaign is GO!

Centre for Computing History fundraising campaign is GO!

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

Build a Z80 computer! - graphic

Build a Z80 computer!

Hot on the footsteps of its cracking 'Build a synthesizer' workshop (which will be running again soon), the Cambridge Centre for Computing History is offering another new exciting workshop.

6 February 2018Read in full

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Centre for Computing History says thanks with free entry scheme

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

Centre for Computing History offers great events for Christmas

Christmas is coming and there are plenty of festive events going on at the Centre for Computing History.

13 November 2017Read in full

Cambridge Centre for Computing History has it all

Explore the exciting calendar of events at Cambridge Centre for Computing History

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

St Mary's Junior School girls open new exhibition at Centre for Computing History

St Mary's Junior School girls open new exhibition at Centre for Computing History

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

Where did all the women go?

Where did all the women go?

New exhibition set to shine a spotlight on the rich history of women in computing

2 October 2017Read in full

Learning at the Centre for Computing History

The Centre for Computing History announces partnership with Citrix

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

Family Gaming Night is coming soon to the Centre for Computing History

Family Gaming Night is coming soon to the Centre for Computing History

Keep yourselves occupied with coding workshops, fascinating tours and the return of the Centre's famous Family Gaming Night, with a SEGA-themed twist!

2 August 2017Read in full

SUMR is here! Daily opening and great events at the Centre for Computing History

SUMR is here! Daily opening and great events at the Centre for Computing History

The summer holidays are almost upon us, but the Centre for Computing History has a great lineup of events to keep children of all ages occupied.

24 July 2017Read in full

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