Vintage Computer Festival

The National Museum of  Computing
Bletchley Park
19-20 June 2010

Promoting the book ‘Computer’ at the Vintage Computer Festival

The first UK Vintage Computer Festival took place this weekend at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes – home to the National Museum of Computing. As well as a number of individuals displaying their collections of computers, there were displays by The Centre for Computing History, Acorn World and The Retro Computer Museum. Ranging from early electro-mechanical devices, through arcade video game machines to relatively recent desktop computers and games consoles, the majority of machines on display were in full working order. The sight of young children coming to terms with Space Invaders and Pac Man was something to behold! Early so called ‘portable’ computers such as the Osborne 1 seem so incredibly large by current standards, it reminds one just how much of a misnomer the term ‘portable’ actually was in the early 1980s. A commonly heard phrase from visitors was ‘I used to have one of those!’, but a number of people had machines on display that had never been seen before – ranging from a display of prototypes of a business version of the  ‘Dragon’ home computer to an electro-mechanical digital clock from the 1940s that even had the experts on the ‘Antiques Roadshow’ at a complete loss. Something for everyone, as they say.


2 Responses to “Vintage Computer Festival”

  1. 1 Freelance Website Design June 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Great article! Thanks for writing..

  2. 2 Texas Web Design June 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Lol oh wow, my kids would probably think we went back in time if they were to see those vintage computers. Interesting post though, wish there were events like that held in Houston, but have not ran across anything like that yet.

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