The National Museum of Computing and Bletchley Park

National Museum of Computing and Bletchley Park

A guide containing articles on the history of computers from The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park is an establishment close to the heart of Computer Weekly. The organisation's dedication to the history of computing has been covered many times by Computer Weekly. The relationship between TNMOC and the publication was solidified when Computer Weekly donated 44 years of archives to the museum in 2010.

Recently, TNMOC organised a lecture in which Professor Brian Randell told the story of how he uncovered the secret of Colossus – the first programmable computer which helped to break codes during World War II.

Table of contents:

Definition: The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC):

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), at Bletchley Park, is charity which showcases the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic programmable computer.

The charity is independent to the efforts and achievements of Bletchley Park.

Colossus at TNMOC

Colossus is considered by some as the first programmable computer, used as a codebreaker during World War II. The Colossus has been rebuilt recently and is available to see by the general public at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park.

Computer Weekly Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Colossus, the WWII codebreaking machine
The National Museum of Computing marks the anniversary of Colossus, the computer that broke coded messages.

How the secrets of Colossus were finally made public
Following the war, the government wanted to keep the powers of Colossus a secret as a matter of national security. This is the story of how Professor Brian Randell revealed the secret to the world.

Obituary: Colossus rebuilder and National Museum of Computing founder Tony Sale dies aged 80
Co-founder of the National Museum of Computing, Tony Sale’s life story.

Bletchley Park’s codebreaking computers that won the war
Codebreaking computers used to decipher Hitler’s messages on display at TNMOC.

The first programmable computer
The story of Tommy Flowers and Colossus.

The history of computing – photo galleries

Computer Weekly 40 years ago today: Computer Weekly January 24 1974
The National Museum of Computing has a full copy of every print edition of Computer Weekly since our first in September 1966, and is now digitising the archive.

Photostory: Fundraising for TNMOC by teleworking from Everest Base Camp
Images from Astrid Byro’s fundraising trek to the Himalayas for TNMOC.

Bletchley Park’s codebreaking computers that won the war
Codebreaking computers used to decipher Hitler’s messages on display at TNMOC.

Alan Turing’s 100th anniversary
A photo story dedicated to the computer scientist, Alan Turing who cracked the German Enigma code during World War II.

The history of computing – photo galleries

First demonstrations of the EDSAC reconstruction at TNMOC The first working elements of a replication of EDSAC – the world’s first practical general purpose computer – were shown to the public at an event at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at the end of June.

Stories from Bletchley Park

The organisation’s dedication to communicating the history of computers to the next generation has been covered on our website many times. Here is a sample of interesting articles featuring the charities.

Preserving Bletchley Park's past through technology
Bletchley Park is developing its own application and Google programme to display our paper archive online.

Help to build Bletchley Park
How the “Saving Bletchley Park” campaign came about.

Computer Weekly £200,000 donation helps Alan Turing's papers remain in UK
Funding from the National Heritage Memorial Fund allows Turing’s computer science papers to remain in the UK.

Life of Alan Turing online
A website is created dedicated to the life of computer scientist Alan Turing.

Latest News form Computer Weekly

Related Content