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App-a-thon Guinness World Record attempt at TNMOC

Jill Clarke, TNMOC volunteer (pic TNMOC)
Jill Clarke, TNMOC volunteer (pic TNMOC)

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) is partnering BCSWomen to be a venue in the App-a-thon Guinness World Record attempt on Saturday 13 June 2015 from 10am to 4pm. The family fun day event, which is open to all, will be held at many venues across the UK. It aims to create a new world record and encourage girls to consider a career in IT. At each of the venues, participants will learn from women teachers how to build Android apps and there will be talks, activities and hands-on coding. Anyone can register now for their free place on this world record attempt, see: http://www.bcs.org/content/conEvent/9365

Jill Clarke, a TNMOC volunteer, member of BCSWomen and leader of the event at TNMOC, said: “This is a great way for everyone to learn about what goes into the making of an app, a feature of computing that most people use every day. We hope lots of people, especially families and girls from Milton Keynes and surrounding areas, will sign up to take part in the App-a-thon Guinness World Record attempt at The National Museum of Computing, the historic home of Colossus.”

Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen, said: “Within the IT profession, there is a real skills shortage in the UK that we need to address now. The BCSWomen App-a-thon event is a great way for lots of people to learn how to code at the same time, engage with those who are considering a career in IT and give every generation an opportunity to try their hand at coding. It is imperative that we encourage more women to enter the IT profession. Women and girls are massive users of technology however, they don’t realise they could be part of the profession that generates that technology. It’s a profession that women are good at. We just need to encourage more women to be part of it!”

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Join the club – at The National Museum of Computing!

Margaret Sale (pic: TNMOC)
Margaret Sale (pic: TNMOC)

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.

If you would like to join or find out more about the Club, please go to http://www.tnmoc.org/support/become-member or email membership@tnmoc.org

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Get your teeth into retro games and stargazing as Summer Bytes at TNMOC!

Space Invaders courtesy of TNMOC

Britain’s National Museum of Computing is all set to prove that computer history is fun this Bank Holiday weekend – with a double whammy of retro gaming excitement, daylight stargazing – and more!

The Bletchley Park based charity, which houses and preserves an internationally important collection of historic computers and exhibits dating back to the Second World War, when Bletchley Park (near Milton Keynes) was the top-secret headquarters of Britain’s codebreakers and computer scientists, have been running their daily series of Summer Bytes events and activities since 26 July – but there’s still time to join in the fun before the conclusion of the programme on 2 September.

Summer Bytes courtesy TNMOC

Computer games weekend

Every day, Summer Bytes is packed with a wide range of activities, but on Saturday 23 August the fun really moves to the next level with a Computer Games Weekend, offering the chance to play retro games as well as  the opportunity to meet professional games makers! Continue reading Get your teeth into retro games and stargazing as Summer Bytes at TNMOC!