CCS Visit to the Computer Museum NAM-IP in Namur
A party of CCS members (and partners) Ttravelled to Namur in Belgium to visit the
excellent computer museum there.
Although the museum is tucked away in the outskirts of the city and looks somewhat
unprepossessing from the outside, once inside it is a really well-presented
collection of artefacts which have been put together from four previous collections
in the country.
The undoubted star exhibit is an 1882 original Hollerith machine which counts holes in punched
cards and displays the results on a set of dials above.
Brought to Belgium by IBM for he 1958 World’s Fair (EXPO 58) it was unaccountably
left behind and is now a designated national treasure being one of only four such machines remaining.
Our photograph above shows it with one of our hosts Ward Desmet, President of the NAM-IP Association.
But there is much else to be seen.
From the Bull and Burroughs companies come two collections of computers and, of course, IBM is
also well represented.
From punched card equipment and mechanical calculators to much more modern PCs the story of the
IT industry is well-illustrated,
Our hosts were generous with their time and hospitality, a process much assisted by Belgium’s
well-deserved reputation for excellence in both cuisine and beer a great deal of which
was consumed with enthusiasm (you would expect no less).
Our heartfelt thanks to our hosts Ward Desmet and Ferdinand Poswick.