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 can be found via the TNMoC website www.tnmoc.org.
CCS Visit to the Museum of Computing Machinery of Pisa University
Following the sucessful visits to Germany in each of the last 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:
At the entrance of the Museum the visitor is welcomed by a CRAY X-MP (1982).
- 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.
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 &
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.
Tony Sale Awards
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