All of the practical work organised by the society is through project groups. Below is a list of the current projects, and a short summary of the sort of work they are undertaking.
Currently Active Projects
|Group Name||Summary||Based at||Chair|
The project to build, demonstrate and maintain a replica of the Small-Scale Experimental Machine
(SSEM)- the world's first computer.
For more see the the SSEM volunteers’ website. You may also find some webpages about the project at Rebuilding the Baby
|Science & Industry Museum||Chris Burton|
|Bombe Rebuild Project||The rebuilt machine is operational and can currently be seen at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. The Bombe’s website is at bombe.org.uk.||Bletchley Park||John Harper|
|ICT 1301||An original 1961 machine is being brought back to life - see the ICT 1301 Resurrection web site for more details.||Currently in store awaiting a new home at TNMoC||Rod Brown|
|This project team is responsible for a collection of Elliott 803, 903 and 905 computers. The TNMOC 803 and 903 machines can be seen working most weekends.||TNMoC||Terry Froggatt|
|The Harwell Dekatron Computer
aka The WITCH Computer
This CCS project has restored the original Harwell computer (now the oldest working computer in the world) to working order, and maintains it on display to the public at the National Museum of Computing.
This project team is restoring an ICL 2966 mainframe at the National Museum of Computing.
An investigation into the remaining extant ICL 1900 Series machines with a view
to cataloguing them and ascertaining whether restoration might be possible.
This is a CCS project team set up to build a replica of the original Cambridge University EDSAC computer
|Software Conservation||The mission is the preservation of historic software in machine readable form, ideally along with execution capability. The focus is on long-term preservation rather than special effects on a PC.||David Holdsworth|
|The Tony Sale Award||
An bi-annual award to recognise engineering achievement in the area of computer conservation - see the Sale Award website.
|Bloodhound Missile/Ferranti Argus||The centrepiece of this project is a Ferranti Argus computer installed as part of a missile control installation. Happily, there is no actual missile!||Peter Harry|
|IBM Hursley Museum||A large collection of IBM artifacts, many of them under restoration at IBM's Hursley House location and manned by volunteers. More details on the UK Computer Museums webpage||Peter Short|
|Previous restoration and preservation projects|
|Mil-DAP||Distributed Array (Parallel) Processor|
The Pegasus computer at the Science Museum was, for many years, the oldest extant working electronic computer in the world
and was maintained and regularly demonstrated by a team of CCS members..
Since sustaining an electrical fault in 2009, Pegasus has not been demonstrated.
The Science Museum authorities have now decided to retire it permanently
and it has now been put into off-site storage.
|Science Museum (in storage)|
The CCS was restoring an Elliott 401 computer.
This machine is now on view (albeit not working) at the Science Museum in London.
The project has been abandoned for the time being.
|Science Museum||Rod Brown|
|The Hartree Differential Analyser||
The Hartee Differential Analyser is a mechancal analogue calculator,
built in the 1930s to solve partial differential equations.
A small project team was working towards restoring this machine to full working order.
It was regularly demonstrated and, although only half the machine is present
(the other half is on display in the London Science Museum), is still viable.
|DEC||The DEC project team has restored a desktop 'straight' PDP8, the PDP11 Blacknest system, and the last remaining PDP11 based air traffic control system from LATCC, West Drayton.
See The National Museum of Computing for more details