Are you a documentary filmmaker? We have an opportunity for you!

If you make documentary films, we have an exciting opportunity for you! Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are commissioning a new film about LEO, the world's first business computer.

Invitation to Tender: Documentary film: Tea, cake and LEO – the extraordinary story of the world’s first business computer (working title)
Tender return date: 17:00 09/10/2020
Contract start: 26/10/2020 (this is preferable but negotiable)
Delivery of completed film: 15/10/2021

With the support of a National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) grant we are preserving, archiving and digitising artefacts, documents and personal memories of the Lyons Electronic Office (LEO), the world’s first business computer in partnership with the LEO Computers Society. Brief details about the project can be found here.

One of the project's workstreams is the development of a short film on LEO Computers and the birth of business computing, suitable for a range of audiences.

The full brief for the work along with supporting documents are below, or you can request them from  the Project Manager, Lisa McGerty, by emailing

Please read all the documentation carefully and send a quotation by email to the Project Manager, Lisa McGerty (

Please do not send a quotation if you have not read the brief!

Any queries can also be sent to the Project Manager using the above email address (due to the current situation with the coronavirus, the museum is currently closed and staff are working from home).

Our deadline for tender proposals is strictly 5pm on 9th October 2020. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. The successful contractor/consultant will be selected by the project team and will be chosen principally on value for money (60% weighting) but also other factors such as the proposed timetable (20%) and the perceived fit between the supplier and the project team (20%).

Click here for the Film Brief, a short timeline of LEO, a list of resources.

Story By: Lisa McGerty

Date : 11-09-2020

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