The Centre For Computing History

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  • Address: Rene Court | Coldhams Road, Cambridge CB1 3EW, England, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1223214446
  • Ticket Price: 7 GBP
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Specialty Museum

About The Centre For Computing History, Cambridge

Can you believe that there will be a generation of people who have no idea what a cassette player looks like? Or even a cassette, for that matter. Gone are the days of personalized, handwritten letters that took days to deliver, gone are the days of developing film in order to print out pictures and, to be more up to date, gone are the days of dial up internet! In an Isaac Asimov-esque future, one will step into a museum and survey, with great amusement, the ancient relics that will be the home computer and corded telephones. Toensurewe don’t forget the details of this phenomenally fast paced day and age is the Centre for Computing History.

Created in 2007, the centre is a registered educational charity and is funded by a combination of sponsors which consist of local business and authorities as well as private individuals. Venture capitalist and entrepreneur Hermann Hauser became patron of the museum in 2011. The centre was established as a pioneering educational charity to tell the story of the ‘Information Age’ and those who created it, thrived in it and those who were left in the dust. Since this is a relatively new topic, the Centre’s subject matter is quite refreshing.

The museum houses vintage computers and comptometers, games consoles, software and an extensive collection of magazine articles and other written material that documents the growth of this age. It’s said that as every minute passes by, information is being put out at double the current rate, which implies that there is more information out over the internet than our minds will ever be able to process! Who are the people behind this accelerated age of public knowledge? It’s here you’ll find out. In a very short space of time, this information industry has created multi billionaires out of some, paupers out of others and Farmville addicts out of the rest of us! It’s in this centre you’ll learn about the people, inventions and machines that have played key roles in this on-going story.Definitely a modern day must-see soon-to-be museum hidden in Cambridge. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Cambridge itinerary 1 day.

The Centre For Computing History Information

  • If you love video games, you’ll love this centre as they have fully functioning models of old gaming hardware, which you can actually play on.
  • Expect to see Pacman arcade machines, space invaders, BBC computers for old skool coding.
  • Getting there: The museum is at Rene Court in Coldhams Road, Cambridge, CB1 3EW, very close to the Beehive Shopping Centre. From the Beehive Centre, take the 3rd exit off the roundabout into Coldhams Road and go over the railway bridge. Immediately after the bridge there is a very sharp, left hand turn that doubles-back on yourself. Take that turn into the commercial estate and follow the road to your right. Just before the railway crossing, turn into Rene Court on the right and you will see the Centre there.

The Centre For Computing History Ticket Prices

  • For Kids: £5.00
  • Babies,5 years and under: Entry is free.
  • Family up to 4 people: £20.00 

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The Centre For Computing History, Cambridge Reviews

  • Don't judge a book by its cover! This unassuming prefab building in the middle of an industrial estate holds a treasure trove of computing and gaming history. There's more to see than you think and the best bit is that most exhibits are fully interactive. If you were a teen in the 70's - 90's You will (like me) reminisce nostalgically at the game consoles and other technology displayed. There's a great mock up of an office from circa 1970 too. Above all there's plenty to occupy yourself for a couple of hours and the friendly staff are more than happy to offer demonstrations and answer questions.

  • Excellent place to visit! I love old school computers so this place was perfect! Great selection of computing history with loads of old computers to have a play on. Lovely staff and very knowledgeable. Very impressive full size computer showing how Tetris works on the bit level. I did a one day class here building a z80 computer and the class was brilliant! A big thanks to all the guys and girls involved!

  • Great for all ages. Kids loved it and they found a love of the older classic games. Spent 4hours here and when we left the first question from them was when we could go again. Parking was OK but we did get there early. Not massively busy even in school holidays, which was surprising, but still plenty of people.

  • Glorious collection of all things retro geek. A truly wonderful amount of maintained and restored computers and electronics that led us to the modern age. Well curated, this is a great day out for any age.

  • We took 11 and 9 years old grandsons at a cost of £24. We only had 2 hours available so thought it a bit pricey. They had a great time mostly spent on playing games from those their father played as a boy. There is much more to see including THE BBC B which schools used in the 1980s. For the more technical a massive working microprocessor is in operation on the wall. It can be slowed down to illustrate a step by step demonstration of a program. If you had time you could easily spend a full day there.

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