BCS 60th Anniversary

60th anniversary

Founded in 1957, BCS is celebrating 60 years of making IT good for society.

By today’s standard, the 1950s IT industry was unrecognisable. Computers filled rooms, were built from glowing valves and it was reckoned that the world market for electronic computation machines might stretch to about five systems.

Even then though, BCS viewed computers as a gathering force that would eventually change every fibre of society, commerce and personal life. And so, following its royal charter, BCS began engaging with partners, organisations, government and individuals to address computing’s defining issues.

That work continues today. BCS plays an active role in helping professionals, practitioners, politicians and parents to understand the role technology plays in society.

Celebrations and events

To mark BCS’s achievements over the last 60 years, The Institute planned a year of special events and commemorations.

These included a series of lunches and dinners, hosted by Paul Martynenko BCS President, to thank members for their invaluable contribution to BCS and its work.  Read about our special thank you lunch at St James’s Palace.

Elsewhere, we've been exploring BCS's archives. ITNOW, the BCS members' magazine, formerly known as The Computer Bulletin, has been running for as long as the Institute itself. We have published a series of research retrospectives that look at stories that defined each year from 1957 to today.  

Across our print, digital and social medial channels we’re sharing celebratory and educational content designed to engage with members and the public.

IT memorabilia
Fowler's calculatorBCS is holding a series of events up and down the country to celebrate its 60 Year Anniversary. Part of the first event in Windsor saw BCS members bringing in IT-related artefacts as talking points. Here’s what we discovered: 
Part One
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We visited Kedleston Hall near Derby for a subsequent event. Members brought along an array of fascinating artefacts.
Derby memorabilia | Derby event
We also visited Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire.
Stoke Poges event

Classic computing adverts


HCI '87 ad (1980s)


SE ad (1970s)


Honeywell ad (1960s)


Power SAMAS ad (1950s)