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LEO Catalogue Update, 3rd April 2020 LEO Catalogue Update, 3rd April 2020

3rd April 2020

The following LEO Computers Society archive files have been now been catalogued, digitised and uploaded to the LEO pages here on the CCH website.

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GLAM Digital Lunch GLAM Digital Lunch

28th February 2020

Today we were pleased to present a lightning talk on the LEO project at the Cambridge University library.

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"Look Out You Typists!"

15th January 2020

As a growing number of companies investigated automation in the workplace, there was an understandable degree of uncertainty among staff - fears that people would be replaced by 'robots' were gleeful...

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BBC Witness History LEO broadcast BBC Witness History LEO broadcast

28th November 2019

Mike Lanchin from the BBC has made a wonderful short film about LEO, using footage and images from the LEO Society archive at CCH and including a new interview with Mary Coombs.

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Virtual LEO makes history again Virtual LEO makes history again

8th November 2019

Today we were incredibly honoured to have three people who worked on LEO I with us at CCH; Ray Shaw, Frank Land and Alan Jacobs.

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Mary Coombs - world's first female business programmer Mary Coombs - world's first female business programmer

10th October 2019

Today, on Ada Lovelace Day, we celebrated the many and varied contributions women have made to computing history and the roles they play now in today's computing industry; Mary Coombs was one of the women featured.

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Surprise in the Inbox Surprise in the Inbox

14th August 2019

Well look what dropped in to our inbox this morning!

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Tea, Cake & Computers was a success! Tea, Cake & Computers was a success!

10th August 2019

Today we gathered together LEO enthusiasts at CCH for a day of talks on Lyons & Co and their LEO computer.

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History in the Making! History in the Making!

9th August 2019

Today we watched history being made when LEO I and II engineer Ray Ivatt and Chair of the LEO Computers Society (LCS), Peter Byford, donned an Oculus Rift headset to see our prototype virtual reality LEO I.

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Museum of Cambridge Visit Museum of Cambridge Visit

2nd August 2019

A visit to the Museum of Cambridge has yielded some interesting photographs of the Lyons teashop that used to be on Petty Cury.

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LEO display now a permanent fixture LEO display now a permanent fixture

1st July 2019

Our permanent display on the history and development of LEO is now happily installed in the main gallery at the Centre for Computing History.

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Peter Bird's photographs: LEO Gremlin Peter Bird's photographs: LEO Gremlin

5th June 2019

One of the most substantial parts of the archive is the material gathered by LEO historian, Peter Bird, in preparation for his book LEO - The First Business Computer (Wokingham: Hasler, 1994).

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Archive shelving is IN Archive shelving is IN

11th April 2019

Thanks to the ingenuity, brute force and iron will of our dedicated volunteers, Keith and Dan, the LEO archive shelving is now properly installed and ready to receive boxes.

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LEO Computers Society Reunion LEO Computers Society Reunion

7th April 2019

Members of the LEO project team at CCH were delighted to attend the 2019 LEO Computers Society (LCS) Reunion at the Victory Services Club in London at the weekend.

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Volunteer roles Volunteer roles

8th March 2019

If you would like to be involved in the LEO project, we have many volunteer opportunities available.

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New Recruit New Recruit

13th December 2018

Today is a watershed moment for the project.

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