Anyone with an interest in computing history can join a new club at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park, to develop their passion and support the ongoing development of one of the great computing museums of the world.
Margaret Sale, with an extraordinary computer heritage background as a TNMOC trustee, founder member of the Save Bletchley Park Campaign of the 1990s, and wife of the late Tony Sale who led the Colossus Rebuild team, has agreed to become the Club’s first president providing a link from the past to the present.
To launch the new club, an inaugural Members’ Open Day and Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 28 March 2015.
Chairman (elect) of the TNMOC Club, John Linford, said: “The TNMOC Club aims to support the important work of the museum and provide an engaging programme for people of all ages who are interested in computer history. The club will arrange technical and social events for members as well as offering on-line facilities, which are essential as we have members all over the world.
“We are delighted that Margaret Sale has agreed to become our first President. Margaret has been involved with the museum since its inception. Her enthusiasm for and knowledge of the early days of computing are infectious.”
Margaret Sale said: “It’s a great honour to be asked to be the first President of the TNMOC Club. I plan to be very active in its support as I fully understand just how important the role of committed supporters has and will be in helping the Museum to continue to grow.”
Tim Reynolds, Chairman of TNMOC, said: “The Trustees really appreciate this initiative and are happy to support this Club. It’s been a revelation to watch the growing interest in computing heritage while I have been associated with the Museum and I have no doubt that this community initiative will be a very important facet of our fast-developing Museum.”
Member benefits include a season ticket to the Museum, a regular newsletter InSync, a Yahoo Group to contact other members, shop, lecture and room-booking discounts.
All existing TNMOC members will automatically become members of the new club which is a separate entity to the TNMOC Volunteers’ Association.
The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing is an independent charity housing the world’s largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world’s oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.
A pledge by an individual benefactor of £1 million if matched funding is found means that every pound or dollar donated to the Museum will count double. Previous funders of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Capital Partners, Bloomberg, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, Ocado Technology, FUZE, 4Links, Google UK, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, and BCS.
The whole Museum is currently open to the public on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon, spring and summer Bank Holidays and increasingly during school holidays. Colossus and Tunny galleries are open almost every day. Guided tours are available at 2pm on Tuesdays. There are often additional opening times for the public — see the website or the iPhone app for updates. Educational and corporate groups are very welcome and may be on any day or evening by prior arrangement.
See also: Easter Bytes open daily 1-12 April 2015.
For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+. A TNMOC iPhone App is also now available from the iPhone App Store.