Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society

Just some of the machines and systems whose restoration or building has been undertaken under the auspices of the Computer Conservation Society.

 

Next Events

The History of ICL Revisited
September 19th 2019 - London

The Evolution of LEO, the World’s First Business Computer
September 17th 2019 - Manchester

See events page for more information



 

Historic Document Rescue

From time to time the Society is approached by people who have come into the possession of documents relevant to historic computers and who feel that they should “go to a good home”.

Unfortunately the Computer Conservation Society is no longer in a position to collect such material, though we can sometimes suggest a suitable home for it. If you have a need to dispose of historic material we suggest that you should first read our guide Archives and your Personal Papers.

In particular, we should stress that a list of the document titles is essential before any progress can be made.

 

Document Exchange within the CCS

Because CCS members use widely differing IT systems, difficulties sometimes arise when documents are sent between members. In an attempt to minimise such problems a page of guidance notes can be found at document_exchange.htm.

The web page also contains useful information for authors of articles in the CCS journal Resurrection.

 

News headlines

June 2019

OBE for Frank Land of LEO fame

Our good friend Frank Land has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The award is for services to the information systems industry.

Frank was a leading member of the small team that developed the world’s first business computer, a wholly British achievement. He then went on to become the UK’s first professor of information systems and to have an outstanding career in university education.

At the age of 90, Land, born Landsberger in Berlin, who came to England as a young boy fleeing Nazi Germany, expressed his delight at receiving the award which he modestly sees as “a sign of recognition of the LEO contribution to information systems.”

Congratulations Frank!

July 2019

New Venue for the CCS London Events

Future CCS London meetings will be at the new BCS location at 25 Copthall Avenue, Moorgate EC2R 7BP. The venue is on the corner of Copthall Avenue and London Wall, a five minute walk from Bank Station (connection from Waterloo) and three from Moorgate (connections from all the other major London rail terminii except Marylebone)

The new venue is a ground floor, brand new refurbished space with an onsite café and plenty of eating establishments in the surrounding area.

New 50 Bank Notes

In Resurrection 85 we wondered whether Alan Turing might one day appear as the face of the new 20 bank note. Such is the power and influence of our journal that Turing has NOT been chosen for the 20 note, but has been elevated to the 50! How many of us will ever get to hold one is of course, another matter.

IEEE HISTEL Conference at Strathclyde University in September

The University of Strathclyde is hosting the 2019 IEEE History of Technology conference on the 18th and 19th of September. Supported by the CCS, the conference will include a broad spectrum material with a primary theme of “Historic Computers”. Of particular interest to CCS members are a presention on early Ferranti computers by our own Simon Lavington and a talk on Harry Huskey and the Bendix G-15. There is much else besides to spark interest. Details at https://www.histelcon2019.org/.

 


Founded in 1989, the Computer Conservation Society is a joint venture between the British Computer Society, the Science Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

Our primary mission is to preserve historic computers, develop awareness of the history of computing, and encourage research. We run many specialised projects, organise public lecture series, and publish a regular journal.

Membership of the society is open to all.
If you would like to join the society, please click here for more information.