Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society

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

 

Next Events

Readings from Hamish Carmichael’s An ICL Anthology and its Sucessors – Published and Unpublished
December 13th 2018 - London

Cold War to Coal Trains: TOPS – British Railways’ first computer based train operating system
November 27th 2019 - Manchester (N.b. at MOSI 18:00)

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 pahge also contains useful information for authors of articles in the CCS journal Resurrection.

 

News headlines

Noivember 2018

Tony Sale Award Won by TechWorks!

The 2018 Tony Sale Award for computer conservation has been won by a project to restore three generations of flight simulators.

The Center for Technology and Innovation (Techworks!) in Binghamton, New York, USA, has brought back to life a Second World War analogue flight simulator, a 1960s solid-state hardware version and a digital simulator from the 1980s. The public has been able to experience each of the three ‘Pilot Makers’ to grasp the pace of innovation and development of simulation technology.

Please go to www.sale-award.org to read the full story.

October 2018

Leo Society and Centre for Computing History Awarded Lottery Grant

Our friends the LEO Society are custodians of a number of artefacts and a great deal of written material related to LEO Computers Ltd. Like the Computer Conservation Society they have no premises in which the material can be stored and displayed and some of it is “at risk” as the individual custodians get older. In concert with the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge they have appied for and received a grant of £101,000 to develop plans for a facility in which their archive can be secured. If these plans are successful, a full development grant of £265,000 may follow.

Our hearty congratulations to both parties. Obviously we wish them well in moving forward to realise their vision in full.

A full press release can be found at www.leo-computers.org.uk/images/HLFApprovedLEOPressRelease.pdf.

 


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.