ZDNet UK's National Museum of Computing awayday

ZDNet UK's National Museum of Computing awayday

Summary: The editorial team took to the road on Thursday, to test our readiness for remote working and explore The National Museum Of Computing

TOPICS: After Hours

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  • The National Museum Of Computing

    On Thursday 26 April, ZDNet UK's editorial team descended on The National Museum Of Computing (TNMOC), an independent charity located at Bletchley Park, the World War II codebreaking complex.

    The idea was to run the site remotely for a day in a simulated disaster-recovery scenario — and also to explore the TNMOC galleries. We're happy to report that the website ran (mostly) smoothly, and that the museum was as fascinating as ever.

    Photos: Charles McLellan/ZDNet UK 

  • ZDNet UK and TNMOC volunteers

    Huge thanks go to Operations Manager Lin Jones — pictured fourth from the right — and her TNMOC team, who coped admirably with the influx of journalists demanding connectivity, coffee and other editorial essentials.

    Opened in 2008, TNMOC is located in Bletchley Park's Block H, which was built in 1944 to house the legendary Colossus computer, now rebuilt and rehoused in its original home. The museum has far more to offer than we can show in this brief report — we highly recommend you visit and discover it for yourself.

  • BBC Acorns

    Our first temporary office was in a room containing 15 BBC Micros, among other goodies. These iconic educational computers were created by Acorn in the early 1980s, and are credited with introducing a generation to the joys of programming — something that today's Raspberry Pi is attempting to revive.

Topic: After Hours


Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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