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Retro Gaming at Kendal Road Baptist Church

Venue set up for last February's event - click to enlarge
Venue set up for last February’s event – click to enlarge

The Retro Computer Museum (RCM) are coming to Kendal Road Baptist Church in Gloucester, England, for their first off-site retro gaming event of the year – and the largest retro event in Gloucestershire!

The event, which takes place on Saturday 11 February 2017 from 10am till 6pm, is the  third such that the Museum, which is normally based in Leicester, has organised at the Kendal Road, Longlevens, venue.

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They will be setting up 20 of their retro computers and arcade machines for visitors to find out about and play on – and will also be running a competition for the highest score achieved on the ever-popular Chuckie Egg game!

For added fun, a Scalextric track will be available for racing action, and the Museum volunteers will also be joined on the day by Pop-Up Board Games, with a range of classic games to play.

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Retro Computer Museum opening celebrates move

A tiny fraction of the collections at the RCM in Leicester (pic Retro Computer Museum)
A tiny fraction of the collections at the RCM in Leicester (pic Retro Computer Museum)

A popular Leicester museum specialising in the history of computing has moved – and is celebrating with a special Open Weekend this Saturday and Sunday!

The move, which is something of a ‘quantum leap’ for both the Retro Computer Museum and its staff alike, is to more spacious premises nearby, and reflects the success of the fast-growing establishment, whose volunteers are often to be seen showing off some of the stars of the Museum’s collections at retro events up and down the UK.

Entrance to the Troon Way Business Centre (pic RCM)
Entrance to the Troon Way Business Centre (pic RCM)

The Museum, which transferred its vast number of exhibits, plus furniture, equipment and storage, from its previous accommodation at the Troon Way Business Centre in January, now has more room to breathe at Unit A of the Humberstone Lane centre – thanks to the sterling efforts of volunteer staff and supporters.

Congratulations – and celebrations

Congratulations are therefore now due – and to celebrate the move, the Museum is holding an OPEN WEEKEND on Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th February 2016, from 10am-6.30pm.

Curator and Museum organiser Andy Spencer said about the event:

“Just pop along any time and say hello! This weekend  is completely free and on us. Yep! You read that correctly. There will be over 40 systems all ready to play on and use – no restrictions! Why not bring the family? – surely there is something here for everybody. All the classics – fully playable! We look forward to welcoming you!”

RCM Open Weekend handbill - click to enlarge
RCM Open Weekend handbill – click to enlarge
Well worth your support
Andy Spencer (right) and his Retro Computer Museum team brought a critical mass of historic home computers and consoles to Recursion 2015
Andy Spencer (right) and his Retro Computer Museum team brought a critical mass of historic home computers and consoles to Recursion 2015

The Retro Computer Museum is a registered charity dedicated to the benefit of the public for the preservation, display and public experience of computer and console systems from the 1960’s onwards.

Their main focus is on systems that were in use in the home, rather than big computer systems and mainframes of early computer development. Accordingly, they have systems ranging from the early Pong consoles through the Sega and Nintendo console wars and the home computers of the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64s and Amigas.

The RCM aims to provide Retro Gaming and Computing events and access to retro computer equipment for educational visits and tours. The Retro Computer Museum has held seven Retro Gaming events of its own to date, including partnership events with Snibston Discovery Museum. The Retro Computer Museum has also made appearances including the 2010 Vintage Computer Festival in Bletchley Park, Recursion 2015 and participating in the 2010 EuroCon event in Manchester with a line-up of British computers.

The Museum is a fascinating and friendly place, and a worthy cause for your donations of old hardware, software, books – and perhaps a little cash to help keep things going! So if you really do enjoy yourself there this weekend (and we’re sure you will) a donation to the museum would be greatly appreciated – but is not compulsory.

Contact

The Museum’s full address and contact details are:

Unit A, Troon Way Business Centre,
Humberstone Lane, Leicester LE4 9HA
Mobile: 07519 816 283

Email: info@retrocomputermuseum.co.uk
Web: www.retrocomputermuseum.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RetroComputerMuseum/

Registered Charity No. 1146912

Leicester computer museum to make quantum leap!

A tiny fraction of the collections at Leicester - picture courtesy the Retro Computer Museum
A tiny fraction of the collections at Leicester – picture courtesy the Retro Computer Museum

In a move that is sure to please retro computing hobbyists and retro gaming fans alike, Leicester’s popular Retro Computer Museum has announced that it is to make a quantum leap to new and larger premises in the New Year.

After another busy and exciting year of both opening the Leicester HQ in the Troon Way Business Centre, Humberstone Lane and tireless travelling to events around Britain exhibiting and making available some the museum’s remarkable and growing collections, museum organiser Andy Spencer revealed the good news yesterday.

Andy said:

“It is our pleasure to announce the Retro Computer Museum is moving into bigger premises in very early January. It is in the same area as our current unit – just a few doors away.

“This will mean that we will have more storage space, more system space and several other enhancements that we will announce at a later date. We are going from around 1800 sqft to 2400 sqft.

“However, because of this we will be closing at the end of December until the beginning of February. During this time we ask you to continue to support us and we will continue to keep you updated with how the move is going.”

Good luck!

Needless to say, Retro Computing News wishes the Retro Computer Museum all the best in their new home! We will be keeping up with the latest information on the move, and we aim to visit and publish a feature on the ‘new’ museum early next year.

The guys from the Retro Computer Museum with their virtual reality machines behind
The guys from the Retro Computer Museum with their virtual reality machines behind at REVIVAL 2014
Last days open in 2015

Opening hours for the rest of this year at the current museum location are as follows:

Sunday 13th December – Open 11am-5pm
Sunday 20th December – Open 1.30pm – 5pm
Sunday 27th December – CLOSED

Only open by prior arrangement at other times.

For more info on the Museum including contact details, see their official website.

 

Sparkle into a Retro Gaming Christmas in Leicester this Sunday!

Andy Spencer (right) and his Retro Computer Museum event team
Andy Spencer (right) and his Retro Computer Museum event team

Leicester’s ever-popular Retro Computer Museum is having it’s own Christmas event at their HQ in Thurmaston this Sunday 6th December 2015, starting at 11am and going on until 10.00pm (ish).

And as well as retro gaming galore, there will also be LIVE music courtesy of the museum’s good friend EQUINOXE!

Tea/Coffee will be available – but you are most welcome to bring your own festive drinks too!  A food van will be available for most of the day, selling a wide selection of items at great prices.

Entrance to this event will cost £10 (But please do donate more if you wish) This is payable via the Museum’s Virgin Charity Giving page (Registered Charity No. 1146912).

A tiny fraction of the collections at Leicester - picture courtesy the Retro Computer Museum
A tiny fraction of the collections at Leicester – picture courtesy the Retro Computer Museum
Limited tickets

Please note that there are a limited number of 50 tickets available for pre-sale only! No tickets will be available to purchase on the day.

The Museum is located at: Unit S1, Troon Way Business Centre, Humberstone Lane, Leicester LE4 9HA.

Telephone  07519 816 283 or email info@retrocomputermuseum.co.uk

For further information, see and sign up on the Museum’s Facebook event page Retro Gaming @ Christmas or visit their website:  www.retrocomputermuseum.co.uk

 

Computer image and festive banner courtesy of the Retro Computer Museum.

Retro computing fun from RCM at Snibston!

Snibston Event Photo (Pic: Retro Computer Museum)
Snibston Event Photo (Pic: Retro Computer Museum)

Our friends at the wonderful Retro Computer Museum in Leicester are coming out of their shell next month for another fun for all the family foray to the Snibston Discovery Museum in Ashby Road, Coalville.

And the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 20-21 June 2015 will see a fantastic hands-on opportunity to discover and play on a range of historic home computers and consoles from the last 35 years, including machines from:

Acorn, Sony, Amstrad, Atari, Commodore, Ninetndo, Sega, Sinclair, Dragon, Apple – and of course some other, rarer kit!

Also, as part of the great value ticket price (see below) you can also explore the Snibston Discovery Museum – the region’s largest science and technology museum.

The event opens 11am-5pm on Saturday 20 June and 10am-4pm on Sunday 21 June.

Advance tickets can be purchased from the venue up until the day before, or via the ‘Donate’ button on the Retro Computer Museum’s Home Page – please state what days and the ticket type you are purchasing in the comments box – until Thursday 18 June 2015.

Ticket prices are:

  • Adult Single Day £10.50 (£12 on the door)
  • Adult Two Days £15.50 (£17 on the door)
  • Child Single Day £6.50 (£8 on the door)
  • Child Two Days £9.50 (£11 on the door)

Contact details for the Retro Computer Museum:

07519 816283   info@retrocomputermuseum.co.uk

Website: www.retrocomputermuseum.co.uk

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RetroComputerMuseum

Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/797749890331815/

Contact details for Snibston:

01530 278 444    snibston@leics.gov.uk    www.snibston.com