Computing History: Where Did All the Women Go? - 18 September - 27 October 2017
This exhibition brings together pioneering women whose contribution to the computing industry was undeniably formative but whose stories have often been written out by a focus on the ‘great men’ that have been involved.
This major exhibition, which will include supporting presentations and events, will redress the balance to ensure these women’s contributions are once again seen as historical fact.
Here are some of the individual events planned so far. More great events to follow.
Programme of Events:
6 October 2017 11am-4pm - Does the Gender Gap in Tech Start in School? We are facilitating a day for teachers to get together to share ideas and good practice. Including a talk by Lisa Marie Cahill on her work on girls' engagement with tech in science centres and culminating in a presentation in the evening by Suw-Charman-Anderson (see below) on why she set up Ada Lovelace Day and some of the other women who have made outstanding contributions to computer science. Price includes lunch, tea and coffee.
6 October 2017 6:30-8pm - Suw Charman-Anderson talks about why she set up Ada Lovelace Day and some of the other women who have made outstanding contributions to computer science. With time for questions from the audience at the end.
12 October 2017 10am - 4pm - It Began with Ada - Our Ada Lovelace Day event for secondary schools. Ada Lovelace wrote the world’s first complex algorithm in 1843 and was then written out of history. As part of this day, our Ada Lovelace tells her story using an LED dress which she operates – live on stage – using her wearable tech satin glove. This is a high impact performance in the morning with associated talks and a workshop in the afternoon. Suitable for age 11+, girls and boys.
12 October 2017 6:30pm - It Began with Ada - Show & Tell - Our Ada Lovelace Day evening event. In this show and tell we watch a performer in a dress of light tell the Ada Lovelace story. A talk precedes the performance to explain why everyone should get involved with computers to help create our future! Ada Lovelace wrote the world’s first complex algorithm in 1843 and was then written out of history. Join us for this is a high impact performance. Suitable for age 11 to adults.
14 October 2017 6:30pm - Film Screening - Hidden Figures - This hitherto untold tale reorients our view of the space race of the 1960s by telling the stories of 3 brilliant African-American mathematicians at NASA (Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson) who serve as the brains behind a stunning achievement that galvanised the world but who were then written out of history. price includes admission to the museum.
18th October 2017 10am-7pm - CCH Website Editathon - We know our own website is lacking in detail about all the tremendous contributions women have made over the years to computing history and we hate that fact! So this event will tackle our own site to make women’s contributions more visible. Do you have some women in mind who you think we should have more about on our site? Come join us and do some editing with us! Or if you can't make it, let us know who you think should be on there (email firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll do our best to put it right. And maybe we can do some wikipedia edits at the same time! Price includes admission to the museum.
Remember - All proceeds go to support our Computing Museum!