History of Computing School Visits

An exciting and engaging experience awaits your educational group at the Centre for Computing History. Our educational services are led by Dr Anjali Das who took up this new post in January 2015.

School Visits

We welcome school visits to the museum which is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00am until 5.00pm.

Admission charges are £5.00 per student, with one free staff place for every ten students. School groups of 20 students or more are provided with a guided tour; this presents an overview of computing history and acts as an introduction to the collection.

Learn to Program Workshops

These one hour workshops for schools are conducted in the Hauser Studio which is kitted out to resemble a 1980s classroom. Modified BBC Micro computers help students gain an understanding of computer programming. Using BASIC language, students are taught to write and understand simple computer programs. Crucially, they learn how to break down a problem into logical steps. Cost: £115.00

From Pong to Pokémon

An exciting presentation on the history of gaming from the early seventies to the late nineties. Students explore the social, historical and cultural impact of iconic games from Pong, Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Elite through to Sonic, Mario and Pokémon.

The BBC Domesday System

We offer students the opportunity to explore the UK as it was in the mid-eighties using the iconic computer of the eighties! The BBC Domesday System presents thousands of pictures and descriptions of everyday life in the UK. Ithas interactive video, newsreel footage and information about practically every town and village in the UK. Our original Domesday System, along with our exclusive PC based version are available at the museum allowing children to use the original system and make comparisons with our modern equivalent. Cost: Free

Computer Programming School Visit

Schools Roadshow

Our team will bring to your school a variety of vintage computers / games consoles which are set up ready for your students; these include 16 BBC Micros which we use to provide 'Introduction to Programming' workshops. The workshops are pitched according to the age group of the students in each session. We are happy to fit in with your timetable requirements. The Road Show allows us to reach as wider audience as possible within each school.

To keep costs down, our team visits an area for a working week and goes to a different school every day, or may use one school as a base with other schools visiting on different days. The Computing History Road Show receives some funding from Google; this allows us to keep charges at a minimum.

The Dawn of Home Computers

This course includes an informative 30 minutes presentation and a challenging interactive session where students gain hands-on experience of a range of home computers from the late 70's and 80's, including the Sinclair Spectrum and BBC Micro. We explore how computers have infiltrated our everyday lives and how they have become more and more portable. Finally, we encourage students to speculate on what the future may hold...


The cost of our school visits depends on your location (distance from us) and any specific requirements you may have. We are keen to integrate our visit with your curriculum as much as possible. Please email or call us on 01223 214446 for further information.

Practical Points

We will need about 1 hour 30 minutes to set-up the computers and about 1 hour to pack them away again at the end of the day. We will require one room for the duration of the day (it is not easy to move the computers around). We will also need at least 5 mains plug sockets and 10 clear desks. All of our equipment and cables are PAT tested.

Learning Boxes

Why not add a new dimension to your lesson plans with our Computing History Learning Boxes? These popular resources are packed with items that help children understand the changes in computing technology over the past 40 years. Our learning boxes are delivered by courier in a convenient case that can be easily packed away and returned at the end of the term.

If your school is too far away to make our visit cost effective our learning boxes are a great alternative. They will introduce some 'real' vintage computing items into the lesson. Each box includes a BBC Micro computer - specially modified to work with a modern LCD television - software, original magazines and more ... Learning box prices start at £160.00 depending on your location within the UK.

Please email or call us on 01223 214446 to find out more about our learning boxes.


Education work is vital to the running of the Centre. As such, we may take photographs and video footage during your session here, to be used in our promotional material. If this is a problem, please contact us before your visit.

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