Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society

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


Next Events

Olivetti and the Early Italian Computers
February 21st 2019 - London

Stardust: tales from the early days of computing, 1948 – 1958
February 19th 2019 - Manchester (N.b. Room 5.05)

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

December 2018

CCS Annual Visit to Computer Museum

Will be to the Computer Museum NAM-IP in Namur, Belgium. A date of Saturday the 13th of April is now definite.

The last four years have taken us to computer museums Paderborn, Berlin, Munich and Pisa, each with much to show us, each great fun in good company. Our visit to Namur promises to be no less fascinating and enjoyable. Contact Dan Hayton at by mid January so that he can assess the size of the party and construct logistics to match.

December 2018

Data Privacy Statement

We have published a statement of the Society’s Data Privacy Policy here.

November 2018

Tony Sale Award Won by TechWorks!

The 2018 Tony Sale Award for computer conservation has been won by a project to restore three generations of flight simulators.

The Center for Technology and Innovation (Techworks!) in Binghamton, New York, USA, has brought back to life a Second World War analogue flight simulator, a 1960s solid-state hardware version and a digital simulator from the 1980s. The public has been able to experience each of the three ‘Pilot Makers’ to grasp the pace of innovation and development of simulation technology.

Please go to to read the full story.


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.