Since September, Charlotte and I have lived about a minutes walk from the UK Computer Museum (which also seems to go by the name Centre for Computing History), but we’d never actually gone inside.
Today after my flying lesson we went to have a quick look. Whilst it made me feel old to see things I remember from childhood in a museum, such as a PlayStation; a Dreamcast and an Acorn PC, I really enjoyed the hour or so we spent there.
There were a few exhibits, including: the history of ARM, military computers and the history of Sinclair. The best thing about the museum was that you were encouraged to touch, and play with, any machine that was turned on. I hadn’t played on a BBC Micro before, but had heard a lot about them from lecturers and other techies from the era they were made. It was fun to figure out the classic GOTO 10 infinite loop, which you can see in the image above I put to good use informing the public of Charlotte’s lameness.
One of the nice things the Museum has is a classroom to get children interested in Computing. Its the kind of thing I know I would have enjoyed as a kid.
I recommend anyone who reads this blog to go to the museum if you’re in the Cambridge area, you’d probably enjoy it.