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

 

Next Events

Universal cryptanalytic machine – a dream come true
Monday March 16th 2020 - London

Design of Ferranti Argus 400 for Industrial Process Control
March 17th 2020 - 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 here.

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

 

News headlines

January 2020

In 2014 the Society organised a group visit to the Heinz Nixdorf Museumsforum in Paderborn, Germany www.hnf.de/en/home.html Such was the success of this event that we have repeated it each spring, visiting computer history museums throughout Europe. In 2020, we are returning to our friends in Paderborn to see the progress that has been made and to experience, once again, the world’s largest computer museum.

The centrepiece of our visit will be our day at the Museum itself on Saturday 18th April. The plan is to foregather the previous evening for dinner in one of the excellent local restaurants (everything you may have heard about German cuisine is wrong - it’s great) and, in all likelihood, this will be repeated the following evening. All CCS and TNMoC members and their guests are warmly invited. Do join us. It will be fun!

Hotel and travel arrangements are, of course, the responsibility of participants.

Our previous hotel, the Arosa Hotel in the Westernmauer is our planned base for the weekend.

There is an airport at Paderborn, but it is quite a long way out and flights from the UK tend to be via Munich! Flying to Dusseldorf or Dortmund and thence by rail to Paderborn would appear to be a better bet. Or perhaps take to the rails all the way from St Pancras.

A few of us are planning an excursion by rail on Sunday 19th to (relatively) nearby Wuppertal to experience the well-known “Danglebahn” (more properly the Schwebebahn – a unique suspended monorail railway) and you are welcome to join us, of course.

As usual, Dan Hayton will be our organiser. You should contact him at so we know you’re coming.

January 2020

If you bookmark www.computerconservationsociety.org/res.htm in your browser, it should always redirect you to the latest edition of Resurrection. Hat tip to David Holdsworth for his suggestion.

January 2020

Our friend, Prof. Martyn Thomas has written an interesting article in The Guardian giving an historical perspective on the Y2K problem of 20 years ago. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time. Read it here.

January 2020

New Year greetings to CCS members and indeed to any casual readers of this website.

As is our custom at this time of year, the Society is making an appeal for donations (in lieu of membership fees) so that we can continue to support our computer restoration projects and other related activities. Our appeals letter can be found here. The Society is grateful to everybody who is able support our work in this way. Thank you.

 


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.