Next Events

18th Apr 2024

EDSAC Programming

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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 here.

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


Febuary 2024

The Computer Conservation Society (CCS) arranges visits to Computer Museums in Europe. We have previously enjoyed visits to Belgium, Italy, and a number in Germany.

This year the plan is to visit Musée Bolo, Lausanne, Switzerland ( on the site of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). This campus is a 25-minute journey west of central Lausanne. The address is Bâtiment INF, Station 14 1015 Lausanne Switzerland.

We warmly welcome those of you and partners/guests who would like to join in. It is always a convivial occasion.

The visit is scheduled for the afternoon of Friday 26th April 2024 at 17:00 – Visit to Musée Bolo followed by a meal at Gina Restaurante also at EPFL (

We are also invited to visit the reserve collection in central Lausanne. There will be the opportunity for other activities on the Saturday, see below for a suggestion. NB The museum is closed at the weekend. Hotel and travel arrangements are participants’ individual responsibility. Everyone makes their own arrangements and we arrange meeting points with each other when we are there. Suggestions for hotels are:

Best Western Mirabeau ( in the centre of Lausanne. Some of us have booked there.
Or at the EPFL
SwissTech Hotel (
Starling Hotel (

There are numbers of other hotels in the area and there are offers on the internet for city breaks. It has also been suggested that it might be possible to arrange a “side visit” on Saturday to supplement the museum day.

There is a boat scheduled to leave Lausanne at 09:00 am (direction Villeneuve). It will sail past the UNESCO World Heritage site – Lavaux Vineyards.

It will call at Vevey and Montreux and the Chateau de Chillon (about 2 hours),

We could leave the boat at Chillon to visit the castle, and then return by train to Lausanne (probably around 17:00). Shops are open till 19:00, & the Cathedral is worth a visit.

Ticket prices, in Swiss francs:

Boat Lausanne to Chillon 2nd class ₣30.
Mobilis day pass for 8 zones ₣31 – (24 hours use of all trains, buses and Lausanne Metro between Lausanne Centre or EPFL and Chillon).
Chillon castle entrance ₣15.– (12.50 for seniors)

There is also a possibility of a wine tasting at the chateau after the tour – ₣31 – per person minimum 10 people (this may include the guided tour fee? i.e. tour plus wine tasting)

The Mobilis pass would allow for people to stop at Vevey or Montreux on the way back and continue later with the pass.

As usual, Dan Hayton is our organiser. Please contact him at so we know you’re coming and whether you are interested in the boat trip, and so that we can tell the museum and the restaurant the numbers.

The Computer Conservation Society was founded in 1989 as a joint venture between the British Computer Society and the Science Museum in London. It has subsequently become closely associated with the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester and The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park.

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 journal.

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