Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society

Just some of the machines and systems being restored to working order by the Computer Conservation Society.


Next Events

Simulation Models of Historical Computers - Atlas, MU5 and CDC 6600
February 16th 2017 - London

The History of the Semiconductor Revolution
February 21st 2016 - Manchester

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 often 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.


News headlines

November 2016

Tony Sale Award

On the 17th of November, the 2016 Tony Sale Award was won by The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn, Germany for their recreation of part of the ENIAC early computer/calculator which has been built as an interactive exhibit to demonstrate the workings of this early machine. For details, see

Making IT Work Conference

Making IT Work, a meeting on the practice of computer conservation, will be held on 22-23rd May 2017. The international meeting will be the first of its type and is organised by the Computer Conservation Society and The National Museum of Computing. Conference sessions with international speakers be on Monday 22nd May at the BCS HQ in London and workshop sessions at The National Museum of Computing on Tuesday 23rd May 2017. For details, see here and


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.