Talks at Oxford University

At the invitation of Claire O’Mahony, Fellow in History of Art and Design, I gave the second of two lectures at Oxford University last week. The first was last November at Rewley House where I spoke to Claire’s History of Design Masters students about the process of researching the book ‘Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware’.

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The second was a public lecture as part of a week of events celebrating a new collaboration between Kellogg College and Bletchley Park. My talk, titled ‘The Spectacle of Computing’ explored the representation of computing technology to the public and how this has affected the path of technological development. I was followed by two of the Masters students, Tony Presland and Robinson Jardin, presenting their research on curating  software and World War II designs for an Ice Ship. Next was Lucy Ribchester, speaking about researching her new novel ‘The Amber Shadows’, a thriller set in Bletchley Park, and then Claire O’Mahoney gave a lecture titled ‘Computers as cinema heroes, villains and lovers’. The  afternoon was rounded off with an interactive talk by Tom Briggs of Bletchley Park in which he demonstrated a real Enigma machine. I was invited to the guest dinner in the evening, at which Alan Turing’s nephew Dermot Turing, author of the biography ‘Prof: Alan Turing Decoded’, spoke about his personal memories of his uncle.

Bletchley Park Week-2


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