Saturday 24th September 2016 – Guided Visit to the
Ferranti Argus 700 Restoration Project - RAF Cosford
(between Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton)
Meeting point at 11:30 am.
The tour is estimated to last for about two hours.
The Argus 700 is a computer that gained a reputation from industrial control
and a variety of simulators, both civilian and military.
Following a four-year restoration project, a Cold War simulator,
with its Argus 700, has been fully restored.
The restored simulator at RAF Cosford was used in the Bloodhound missile
system to train controllers in the defence of the United Kingdom during
the Cold War.
The visit will include an overview of the Argus 700 and the challenges
faced in restoring it to full working order, why it was used in the
and how the Argus architecture meets the requirements of control systems.
The simulator will be operating, lifting the lid on one aspect of the
Cold War of which the general public knew very little.
Please note that it is located in a hangar on the airfield, where it
can be cold and damp, and where toilet facilities are limited
(Reception is a better bet!).
RAF Cosford is a secure area (and a completely separate site to the RAF Museum,
about 10 minutes’ drive away, where there is a café for before or after the visit).
Specific instructions for checking in will be issued nearer the time.
As this an MOD site, visitors must be registered in advance, and security passes
must be issued on arrival.
RAF Cosford will need to know full names of attendees, and car details if you
are coming by car (there is a car parking charge).
Any queries, please contact Peter Harry, Bloodhound Missile Preservation Group
The website www.bmpg.org.uk
If you would like to attend, please email Rachel Burnett by
31st August, as numbers are restricted.
Pegasus at the V&A
The Computer Conservation Society has, until recently been working with the
London Science Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester
on the Pegasus computers which each of these institutions own.
Sadly these projects have had to be halted for want of museum resources.
You might wonder what has happened to these two historic machines.
The Science Museum Pegasus has gone into store and there are at present,
no plans to exhibit it again.
The Manchester machine has been lent to the Victoria & Albert Museum
(just accross the road from the Science Museum — the irony is not lost on us)
to be a part of
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
a new exhibition which runs until the 6th of November.
It is understood that Ove Arup used a Pegasus (not the same one) to help design
the Sydney Opera House.