Microsoft Research Joins Backers

Microsoft Research Joins Backers of New Museum for Cambridge

Jason Fitzpatrick and Ken Wood - Microsoft Sponsorship
Following the recent decision by two high profile Cambridge tech businesses, Red Gate Software and ARM Holdings to spearhead the foundation of a new world class Cambridge Computing History Museum, Microsoft Research has also agreed to sponsor the initiative.

Ken Wood - Deputy Managing Director of Microsoft Research said: "Microsoft Research Ltd is delighted to sponsor the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.
Many of the instrumental developments in computing technology have their roots in Cambridge, and we are proud to contribute to the wider appreciation of the history of what is now an important aspect of everyone’s daily life.”

The Centre for Computing History was established in Haverhill in 2006 to tell the story and explore the impact of the Information Age. Ambitious plans are now in motion to relocate the museum to Cambridge, in the city where so much of this story has unfolded.

The hunt is on for a building in Cambridge to house this internationally significant collection of vintage computers, memorabilia, artefacts and associated documents. With over 12,000 items, including historic machines like the Altair 8800 -the first home computer - the Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64 and the Acorn Atom, space is an issue. The museum needs around 10,000 sq ft of rented accommodation, within walking distance of the city centre, to showcase the collection and provide storage. This will facilitate the next stage of the project prior to the eventual creation of a permanent, purpose built home.

Jason Fitzpatrick, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said: "We are delighted that Microsoft Research has agreed to add its name to our list of sponsors. Their generosity and reputation will play a crucial role in helping us realise the museum's vision.”

"The story of the Information Age and of all the engineers, innovators, inventors and creative visionaries who made it happen is inspirational. It is still waiting to be told in this country. Cambridge played an integral role in that story. If we can turn our vision into reality the Centre for Computing History will be another gift from Cambridge to the whole world.”
The Centre for Computing History is a registered charity. If you can help with funding, have other suitable memorabilia – or if you have a suitable building for the museum – please get in touch with Jason Fitzpatrick on 01440 709794 or via email:

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Story By: Elaine Collins

Date : 09-05-2011

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