Acorn World Exhibition - 13-14 May 2017
Acorn was a British company that was a key player in the home computer revolution of the early 80s. Best known for its BBC Micro, the number one schools computer of that era, Acorn was highly innovative, often creating remarkable technology with very few people and not much money.
The event has been organised by the Acorn & BBC User Group in association with the museum, and will give visitors an insight into how Acorn started, some of their innovations, and the legacy they left behind – successes such as ARM and other technologies, RISC OS, and modern systems that use the processors and operating system.
There will be a range of Acorn-era computers on display – and in some cases running for visitors to try out for themselves – a range covering everything from the System 1, through to the iconic RiscPC – which many recognise as the the pinnacle of Acorn’s computer designs – and beyond, including the never-released Phoebe, and a number of rare prototypes. The vintage displays will also include classic magazines, sure to set those nostalgic flames burning, and software which enthralled, entertained, and educated many users – and even inspired some to go into programming themselves.
Some of those classic computers have been given a new lease of life by enthusiastic users, with modern add-ons and other clever innovations – and there will be a number of these on display as well.
The exhibition doesn’t just stop at machines that came directly from the Acorn stable, though – there will also be post-Acorn systems, including the ultra-cheap Raspberry Pi and at the other end of the scale, the ‘slightly pricier’ Titanium – both of which are themselves children of Cambridge.
This weekend exhibition will run from 13-14 May 2017.
This is a fundraising event for the museum to help us continue our important work preserving and archiving computing history.
The Valiant Turtle - iconic BBC Micro programming accessory!
Remember - All proceeds go to support our Computing Museum!