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


Next Events

See events page for more information

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic the remaining events of the 2019-20 season have been postponed.

Events from September onwards remain but will be reviewed nearer the time.


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

March 2020

We have heard that the Heinz Nixdorf Museum in Paderborn is now closed “until further notice” because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Obviously our planned visit there in April cannot now take place. We hope to be able to re-arrange the visit at a later date, though when that might be is uncertain.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience and for any unrecoverable expenditure which you may already have made. We do, however, suggest cancelling hotel reservations and travel arrangements.

March 2020

It is with much sadness that we have learned of the passing of a valued friend of the CCS – Margaret Sale. It would be tempting to describe Margaret as the widow of the late Tony Sale, the co-founder of our society – but she was much more than that. Margaret it was who campained to save Bletchley Park for the nation and. as a Fellow of the National Museum of Computing continued actively to support the work there until her relatively recent ill-health prevented her involvement on its former scale.

Margaret was a charasmatic, “larger than life” figure who will be much missed.


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.