About The Centre for Computing History
The Centre for Computing History (Registered Charity No: 1130071) has been established to create a permanent public exhibition telling the story of the information age.
The first commercially successful ‘Pesonal Computer’ was the Altair 8800. This machine was unveiled in January 1975 on the cover of Popular Electronics magazine. It sent a shockwave through the computing fraternity and with good reason. The development of the Altair - a watershed moment - was directly responsible for the birth of the personal computer industry.
The impact of the information revolution is immeasurable. It has created a global society; entire cultures remain in transition. Our thinking, our means of communication and the way we organise our lives have been irreversibly transformed. It is now virtually impossible to envisage a world without
The computing industry has witnessed some of the biggest business successes and worst business decisions in history. It has spawned notorious legal battles, created the world’s wealthiest man and engendered breath-taking innovation.
It is a story as compelling as any Shakespearean Drama encompassing passion, intrigue, betrayal, wonder, risk and vision. It is a story waiting to be told in this country.
Significantly, there is now a generation growing up who know little or nothing about the dawn of the information age. They are fascinated to learn that computers in 1975 had less power than today’s mobile phones!
Visiting our Computer Museum
The computer museum facility is currently only viewable by appointment. However, you need only drop us an email or give us a call to let us know when you would like to visit to see what we are trying to do. This would normally be weekdays, preferably Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10.00am and 3.30pm although we will always try to arrange alternative times if possible.
As we have been asked again to stage the Gadget Hall Of Fame at the Gadget Show Live at the NEC in April, we regret that due to our usage of space with preparation and etc, we will be closed for March, April and part of May 2011
However, due to our commitments at various events we often have to utilise a lot of the display area as preparation areas. We hope that this does not inconvenience you to much.
The museum is based in Haverhill on the borders of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.
The Centre for Computing History
The Counting House
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The Centre for Computing History is recognised as a charitable trust No: 1130071. It is currently working towards accredited museum status. The trust is managed and supported by a dedicated development team and a group of enthusiastic volunteers; these supply a range of services including administration, technical, archival, financial, legal, PR and research.
The Centre for Computing History in the Media
The Centre for Computing History has enjoyed a lot of media coverage, both in the press and on TV. With nostalgia for the 70's and 80's running high, the museum has hit the right note and the right time and been featured in a number of TV documentaries, educational DVD's and of course, in the papers ...
Funding and Management
The Centre for Computing History is privately funded by corporate sponsorship.
The Steering Committee
Visit the Committee
page of the museum documentation section for committee member details.
"What The Papers Say"
What the Media and The Paper Say about The Centre For Computing History - some of the artcles that have appeared in the press and media about The Centre
These extracts are in PDF format - Click on the title to view
Haverhill Echo 12th May 2011
ETC Magazine April 2010
Haverhill Echo 17th December 2009
Haverhill Weekly News 17th December 2009
Cambridge Evening News 8th October 2009
Haverhill Weekly News 8th October 2009
Haverhill Echo 8th October 2009
Cambridge Evening News 30th December 2008
The following links provide information regarding the working aspects of the computing history museum.