Information for Speakers at London Meetings
Organiser – London Programme Secretary, Roger Johnson,
The CCS is a special interest group of BCS the Chartered Institute for IT
(formerly the British Computer Society).
It was founded in 1989 and is one of the world’s largest computer history societies.
Our membership is over 1,000 in the UK and worldwide.
It is composed mainly of professionals from the IT community.
It runs monthly lecture programmes in London and Manchester as well as
supporting a large range of computer restoration and other projects.
Members receive a copy of our quarterly Journal
Our monthly London meetings are held normally on Thursday afternoons at
the BCS London premises – 25 Copthall Avenue in Moorgate.
In addition, our lectures are available via Zoom for members who prefer not to travel.
Our meetings usually last up to two hours with a lecture lasting up to an hour
followed by a discussion with audience members.
Meetings are free to attend (unless otherwise stated) and open to all who are
interested in the subject.
Attendance is typically 80-120 including remote attendees using Zoom but in person attendance
is currently quite modest since we introduced Zoom attendance.
Talks are recorded and normally webcast following the meeting.
For detail of forthcoming and previous lectures, see
As we webcast our talks may we remind you to ensure that you do not use copyright material, such as photographs,
without permission of the copyright owner?
With older material it is recognised that sometimes it is no longer possible to trace the copyright owner but
reasonable efforts should be made.
Arrangements for a Meeting
Once a speaker has accepted an invitation to speak, we start to publicise the meeting widely.
It is therefore important that we have the title for the talk as quickly as convenient and,
unless vital, that the title is not changed subsequently.
A short synopsis (2-3 paragraphs suggested) and biography of the speaker (1-2 paragraphs)
is needed for the website not less than 6 months ahead of the event.
A photo is optional but is useful.
The CCS provides a Windows laptop and lectern for use by speakers together
with projector, microphones and amplification equipment.
If you have any special requirements please contact the London Programme Secretary.
The CCS is able to pay for standard class return train fares within the UK.
For speakers from outside the UK, the Programme Secretary will contact you
to agree arrangements.
The London Programme Secretary is always happy to address any further queries.