Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society

Just some of the machines and systems being restored to working order by the Computer Conservation Society.

 

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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 often 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 document_exchange.htm.

 

News headlines

January 2018

CCS Visit to the Museum of Computing Machinery of Pisa University

Following the sucessful visits to Germany in each of the alst three years, for a change we are arranging a visit to Italy, specifically to the Museum of Computing Machinery at Pisa.

The Museum opened to the public in 1995. It has two main collections: Personal Computers and Mainframe Computers. The personal computers section is a selection of mechanical and electrical desk computing machines, pocket calculators, together with some Macintosh, Commodore, IBM and other PCs, including a working Olivetti Programma 101.

The mainframe computers area shows:

  • the Calcolatrice Elettronica Pisana (CEP), whose construction dates back to the mid 1950s and it was one of the earliest computers built in Italy;
  • an Olivetti 6001, smaller version of the first Italian commercial computer, produced in the early 1960s;
  • a Bull Gamma 3;
  • some parts of the CINAC, a computer made of a Ferranti Mark I* (1955) modified and upgraded with later addictions in the second part of the 1960s,
  • unique design pieces by Olivetti.
At the entrance of the Museum the visitor is welcomed by a CRAY X-MP (1982).

The University of Pisa was founded in 1343 by an edict of Pope Clement VI and it is the 19th oldest extant university in the world. It houses the Orto Botanico, Europe's oldest academic botanical garden, founded in 1544.

The main visit will take place on the 28th of April although outbound travel will have to be the day before (or earlier). As usual we will organise a group dinner on the 27th & 28th. Members should make their own hotel and travel arramgements but we suggest booking hotels in the “Historic Centre” of Pisa.

Contact Dan Hayton at if you are interested in joining us.

 


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 bulletin.

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