The National Museum of Computing Corporate Foundation Sponsorship Programme

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park is offering twelve companies the opportunity to become Foundation Sponsors of its world-class museum.

TNMOC, which opened in 2007, already ranks amongst the world’s top three museums dedicated to computing. The Museum offers a unique insight of seven decades of computing with working displays including a rebuild of Colossus, the world’s first digital programmable computer, mainframes of the 60s and 70s, the technology of the internet, and an array of personal computers from the 1970s to the present.

“For just £12,500 a year for three years, a select group of companies can help secure the future of TNMOC,” explained Kevin Murrell, a trustee and director of TNMOC. “The Museum’s running costs are currently £150,000 per year – representing amazing value for a UK and even global educational resource. The Museum is staffed by a team of 60 unpaid volunteers, so these costs consist of essentials like rent, utilities, and consumables.

“Word of the Museum’s breadth and quality is spreading, and our visitor numbers are rising rapidly. We are beginning to set in place revenue-generating programmes which will help develop our imaginative expansion plans, but we urgently need funding to cover our modest core costs.”

By contributing £12,500 each year for three years, any company can become a Foundation Sponsor and receive a range of benefits including display space, invitations to previews, launches and special events, preferential access for company away-days and wide acknowledgement of the company as a key supporter of education and conservation of our digital heritage.

For full details of the Foundation Sponsor package, contact Kevin Murrell [email protected] or see www.tnmoc.org

Amongst many TNMOC activities planned for 2010 is Britain’s first-ever Vintage Computer Festival to be held on 19-20 June. The event is expected to attract very large numbers of computer enthusiasts from across the UK and Europe.

About The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park
The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, an independent charity, houses the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic programmable computer.

The Museum complements the Bletchley Park Trust’s story of code breaking up to the Colossus and allows visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s. New working exhibits are regularly unveiled and the public can already view a rebuilt and fully operational Colossus, the restoration of the Harwell / WITCH computer, and an ICL 2966, one of the workhorse mainframes computers of the 1980s, plus many of the earliest desktops of the 1980s and 1990s. The latest display is the much-talked-about Technology of the Internet gallery. In June 2010 TNMOC will host Britain’s first-ever Vintage Computer Festival.

Funders of the Museum include BCS, PGP Corporation, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, InsightSoftware.com, Black Marble, and the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Museum is currently open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1pm, and on Bank Holidays in spring and summer. Groups may visit at other times by arrangement.

For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter.

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