Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society

Just some of the machines and systems whose restoration or building has been undertaken under the auspices of the Computer Conservation Society.


Next Events

Design of Ferranti Argus 400 for Industrial Process Control
March 21st 2019 - London

Readings from Hamish Carmichael’s An ICL Anthology and its Sucessors – Published and Unpublished
March 19th 2019 - Manchester (N.b. Room 5.05)

See events page for more information


Historic Document Rescue

From time to time the Society is approached by people who have come into the possession of documents relevant to historic computers and who feel that they should “go to a good home”.

Unfortunately the Computer Conservation Society is no longer in a position to collect such material, though we can sometimes suggest a suitable home for it. If you have a need to dispose of historic material we suggest that you should first read our guide Archives and your Personal Papers.

In particular, we should stress that a list of the document titles is essential before any progress can be made.


Document Exchange within the CCS

Because CCS members use widely differing IT systems, difficulties sometimes arise when documents are sent between members. In an attempt to minimise such problems a page of guidance notes can be found at document_exchange.htm.

The web page also contains useful information for authors of articles in the CCS journal Resurrection.


News headlines

February 2019

BCS Honours Doron Swade

At our February London meeting, CCS co-founder Doron Swade was presented with the award of a BCS Hororary Fellowship for his outstanding achievements in the field of the history of computing not the least of which has been his tireless support of the Society since its inception in 1989.

BCS Honorary Fellowships are not lightly given. BCS rules specify that “Nominees will have made an outstanding contribution to the charitable objects of the BCS over an extended period of time.” They further go on to state “... it is not expected that there will be more than 2 Honorary Fellows elected in any one year.

More in the summer edition of Resurrection.


Founded in 1989, the Computer Conservation Society is a joint venture between the British Computer Society, the Science Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

Our primary mission is to preserve historic computers, develop awareness of the history of computing, and encourage research. We run many specialised projects, organise public lecture series, and publish a regular bulletin.

Membership of the society is open to all.
If you would like to join the society, please click here for more information.