Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society
About the Computer Conservation Society (the CCS)

The CCS is a co-operative venture between the British Computer Society, the Science Museum of London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Museum of Computing and the Bletchley Park Trust.
The CCS was constituted in September 1989 as a Specialist Group of the BCS. It is thus covered by the Royal Charter and the charitable status of the BCS.

The aims of the CCS

  • To promote the conservation, restoration and reconstruction of historic computers and to identify existing computers which may need to be archived in the future.
  • To develop awareness of the importance of historic computers.
  • To develop expertise in the conservation, restoration and reconstruction of historic computers.
  • To represent the interests of Computer Conservation Society members with other bodies.
  • To promote the study of historic computers, their use and the history of the computer industry.
  • To publish information of relevance to these objectives for the information of Computer Conservation Society members and the wider public.

There are a number of active Projects on specific computer restorations and early computer technologies and software. We encourage younger people to take part in order to achieve skills transfer. Our guidelines for our projects are published here.

Membership

Membership is open to anyone interested in computer conservation and the history of computing. For more details on becoming a member of the CCS see our page about joining the CCS.

The CCS is funded and supported by voluntary subscriptions from members, a grant from the BCS, fees from corporate membership and members’ donations. Find out about making a donation here. Some charges may be made for publications and attendance at seminars and conferences.

Our Committee

The committee brings together our officers, representatives of museums, leaders of computer restoration projects, and co-opted members

Our Constitution

Our CCS constitution document sets out our detailed objectives, and has more about how the society operates and supports conservation project groups. This document was last updated and approved in October 2016.