Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society

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


Next Events

The History of ICL Revisited
September 19th 2019 - London

The Evolution of LEO, the World’s First Business Computer
September 17th 2019 - 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 at document_exchange.htm.

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


News headlines

June 2019

OBE for Frank Land of LEO fame

Frank Land, a leading member of the small team that developed the world’s first business computer, a wholly British achievement and who then went on to become the UK’s first professor of information systems and to have an outstanding career in university education, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published today. The award is for services to the information systems industry.

At the age of 90, Land, born Landsberger in Berlin, who came to England as a young boy fleeing Nazi Germany, expressed his delight at receiving the award which he modestly sees as “a sign of recognition of the LEO contribution to information systems.”

Congratulations Frank!

June 2019

New Venue for the BCS in London

We learn that the BCS is vacating its London premises in Southampton Street, Covent Garden in July. The new location will be at 25 Copthall Avenue in Moorgate. It is a ground floor, brand new refurbished space with an onsite café and plenty of eating establishments in the surrounding area. The transport links are ideal as it is within five minutes’ walk of six underground lines with easy access from all the major London rail terminii.

Details remain to be settled, but we expect that furture London CCS meetings will take place at the new premises. Keep an eye on our website. More when we have some.


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.