May CCS Lecture in London
Unfortunately the advertised lecture for May –
“Programmed Inequality” by Marie Hicks cannot now take place.
Please bear with us for a few more days while we arrange an alternative subject
Exciting news from Bletchley Park!
Agreement has been reached to transfer the Turing-Welchman Bombe Rebuild from
the premises of the Bletchley Park Trust to those of the National Museum of Computing,
still within the Bletchley Park estate.
John Harper, leader of the Bombe Rebuild team said
“After careful consideration of the options, The Bombe Trustees approached TMNoC,
which agreed to host the Bombe exhibit.
We are delighted with this solution and welcome the opportunity to remain part of the
overall visitor attraction at Bletchley Park.
Our team of volunteers is looking forward to continuing to demonstrate how the Bombes
made their vital contribution to Bletchley Park’s wartime role in the new venue.
We thank the Bletchley Park Trust for their co-operation over the years and are pleased
that the story of the Bombe will remain very much part of the story that it tells.”
Andrew Herbert, TNMoC chair responded
“To house the reconstructed Bombe close to the Colossus Rebuild makes
a lot of sense from many perspectives.
As a pre-computing electro-mechanical device, the Bombe will help our visitors
better understand the beginnings of computing and the general thought processes
that led to the development of Colossus and subsequent computers.
The story of the design of the Bombe by Alan Turing, the father of computer science,
leads very appropriately into the eight decades of computing that we curate.
Even the manufacture of the Bombes leads directly to British computing history –
the originals were built by the British Tabulating Machine company (BTM) in Letchworth,
which later became part of ICT, then ICL and now Fujitsu”
The Bombe will be housed near Colossus in a new gallery.
A crowdfunding campaign to raise £50,000 has been sucessful and has exceeded its target.
Many thanks to everybody who contributed.