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May 19th 2022

From Public Service Provider to Clandestine War Workshop: The Post Office Engineering Research Station in the mid-twentieth century

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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

April 2022

Members may be interested in an upcoming Newcomen Society lecture by Steve Furber on the history of the ARM microprocessor which lies at the centre of almost every mobile ’phone in the world. In-person or Zoom attendance is available. Go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-call-to-arms-dickinson-lecture-by-steve-furber-tickets-310569771547 to book.

April 2022

Bookings are now being accepted from CCS members and other “insiders” for the IEEE “Milestone Award” events described below under “February 2022”. Go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ieee-milestone-awards-the-baby-and-atlas-computers-tickets-261168240237 to book. Bookings will open to the general public on the 21st of May.

You’ll see that there is no cost and that you can register to attend in person or online. If online, then a link will be sent out a few days before the event.

We look forward to your registration for an interesting event that is being part-sponsored by the CCS.

April 2022

In view of the torrent of dreadful news from Ukraine it seems unimportant but nevertheless we have received this report from Mariupol.

Russian attacks on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol have destroyed an important computer museum filled with Soviet-era artifacts-Russian forces essentially destroyed their own history. Other cultural institutions remain vulnerable, including the Software & Computer Museum.

February 2022

The first six of the IEEE Region 8 HISTELCON conferences have their presented papers in the IEEE Xplore database. Until recently, only the titles and abstracts were open to view by all, to see the full papers required access permission to IEEE Xplore, which is extremely costly, even for IEEE members. Now, after some lengthy negotiations the full papers have been made freely available to all persons, forever. These are the conferences involved:

1. 2008: Paris, France, September 11-12
2. 2010: Madrid, Spain, November 3-5
3. 2012: Pavia, Italy, September 5-8
4. 2015: Tel Aviv, Israel, August 16-21
5. 2017: Kobe, Japan, August 7-8
6. 2019: Glasgow, Scotland, September 18-19

The 7th HISTELCON was held in Moscow last year (18-20 August 2021) - entirely by ZOOM. The papers are still being prepared for submission to IEEE Xplore, and initially the full papers will be available only for payment. However, negotiations to make them free to all will be attempted.

The 8th HISTELCON is planned for Florence,Italy, probably 8-9 September 2023.

February 2022

The IEEE History Committee has approved two IEEE Milestone Awards for major developments in computer history which took place in Manchester. Bronze plaques marking these awards will be unveiled in Manchester on the afternoon of 21st June 2022, the 74th anniversary of the first program run by the Manchester Baby computer. There will also be a morning event in the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry at which the replica Baby computer will be demonstrated by a team of volunteers and there will be a display of material from the Ferranti archives.

The two awards are for the Manchester University “Baby” Computer and its Derivatives, 1948-1951 and the Atlas Computer and the Invention of Virtual Memory 1957-1962. After the plaque unveilings there will be talks describing these two developments and the reasons why they are considered historically important.

A provisional schedule of the event is here. Registration information will be circulated shortly. Meanwhile, please reserve the 21st June in your diary.

 


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.


 
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