Visit to the National Museum of Computing and Bletchley Park

Date/Time:
Friday 24 June 2011, 10.00am - 4.00pm

Venue:
The National Museum of Computing, Block H, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB | Map

Cost:
BCS Members £10 (inc VAT @20%), Non BCS Members £20 (inc VAT @ 20%)

Diary Entry

Well it's finally the L&DSG trip to TNMOC and Bletchley Park.

We've got a private tour of the museum planned and hopefully a wander around Bletchley as well.

Other than the roundabouts that make up the Milton Keynes area, the trip was easy enough - and no problem parking.

I can see the small group starting to gather, better go and join them.

There's a good group of us at the museum, and we have two volunteer tour guides to take us around.

A brief introduction to TNMOC, then off we go.

First we head towards Colossus, and we are lucky, Tony Sale - the man behind the Colossus Rebuild is the one taking us around the exhibition.

A simple human error (on the German side) started the whole thing off. The process is involved but the results were amazing. There's even a weather station in Germany that still transmits on the relevant frequency so we can hear what the messages sounded like.

Onwards to Colossus rebuilt - it's huge, taking up a room by itself. Noisy, but interesting.

A quick side trip to meet 'George' Tony's walking robot - who still walks!

Moving into the galleries to travel through the history of computers. Most of which still work!

The selection is amazing - some of these, they are the last examples of particular models. It's fasinating to see the progress of the technology - and we're taking pictures on smartphones that are smaller and more powerful than the huge machines!

There are setups showing personal computers, and their history, finally things that are in my lifetime - again the rate of change!

It's only lunchtime and we've covered so much! Time for a quick stop at the restaurant of Hut 4.

One of our tour guides also does the tours for Bletchley Park and has offered to take us around after lunch.

A quick bite and now for Bletchley.

Finally get to see an Enigma machine - I didn't know that there were so many different types!

There are huts, buildings and even a post office - until you actually go to Bletchley you don't really understand the full scope of the area and what they did.

A quick trip to the shop, and back to TNMOC, need to go to their shop as well!!

I didn't know that they don't get any money from Bletchley - need to make sure that they can continue looking after the history of computers.

Have a look at the pictures that were taken on Flickr

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