Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society

Just some of the machines and systems being restored to working order by the Computer Conservation Society.


Next Events

ICL 1900 Software Recovery
September 20th 2018 - London

KDF9 – Mature reflections on its hardware and software
September 18th 2018 - Manchester

See events page for more information

A fullly-referenced written version of Martyn Thomas’ Y2K February 2018 lecture is available here


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.


News headlines

July 2018

Brian Kernighan’s “Where GREP Came From” lecture

The latest video lecture in the Computerphile series is now availble here,

Professor Kernighan is perhaps best know for his co-authorship (with Dennis Richie) of the seminal tome The C Programming Language but his experience of the early days of the development of the Unix system continues to fascinate.

Brought to us as the latest in the series of Computerphile videos from our friend Prof. David Brailsford at the University of Nottingham. An index of all the Computerphile videos relevant to the history of computing is located here.

Bombe Gallery at TNMoC Opened.

The Turing-Welchman Bombe is now properly installed in its new home at the National Museum of Computing.

Opening hours are as per the main museum – Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00.


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 bulletin.

Membership of the society is open to all.
If you would like to join the society, please click here for more information.