The Centre For Computing HistoryCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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
The Centre For Computing History - Review
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
How To reach The Centre For Computing History by Public Transport
- None nearby.
Restaurants Near The Centre For Computing History
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- Pipasha Restaurant (Indian, Bangladeshi)
- The Weeping Ash (International)
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The Centre For Computing History, Cambridge Reviews
As someone very interested in computers and their history, this place is amazing. Not only do they have a wide selection of old and rare systems on display, the majority of them are fully operational and set up for anyone to use them. I have never found a museum more hands-on. There are a few reviews on here stating it doesn't deserve 5 stars and although I disagree, I understand why they say it. It's very much a museum for retro enthusiasts, and to someone with no interest in old computers it might seem pointless. But for anyone interested in these pieces of computing history, it is a treasure trove. The only downside I could see is the limited parking, though I did go when they had a meeting of Acorn computer enthusiasts on site, so that might be why I had to park on next door's car park.
Phenomenal place! Unlikely many computer museums where the machines are behind a barrier, you are welcome (and encouraged!) to touch many of the machines here. I absolutely loved it!
Excellent day there today - went to the Game On talk and the kids (and me to be honest!) played some classic computer games. Lots of interesting items from the last 4 decades and great staff
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.
This is a hidden gem a little off the beaten track but it is well worth making that turn into the industrial estate and following the road around to the unassuming building which, in the it can be guaranteed, holds memories for everyone from days gone by. I'm there is a charge to get in but this money goes towards maintaining and improving the centre and its exhibits as the employees are volunteers. Eight pounds might seem like a lot when you first enter, but there is so much here that you could easily spend most of the day enjoying yourself. To say that this centre offers a 'hands-on' experience is an understatement. From the moment you walk through the door you are drawn in by the sounds of Sonic the Hedgehog and Donkey Kong and transported to another time, where computer games were more simple affairs, if somewhat more cumbersome physically, and a joystick and fire button were all you needed to be transported into the Green Hill zone with the Blue Speedster. The Centre is home to a huge number of games consoles from different eras, from early Pong systems to Mega Drives, Amigas and PlayStations. You can literally sit for hours playing with friends and family, or why not make new friends and challenge another visitor. Throughout the Centre you will find attractive and informative display boards with information about what you are looking at. A geek's paradise? Possibly, but if you are less computer literate and didn't spend your childhood waiting for the latest Spectrum game to load then you will definitely learn something too. You will be reunited with old friends in the form of games, computer systems, phones or even the televisions themselves and that sense of familiarity will make you feel at home here. There is something for all generations too. Some might remember working with machines similar to those in the Seventies Office. Others will recall the early personal computer systems from their primary schools. My parents (in their sixties) loved playing Pong, having owned the system in the seventies; my sister and I (in our thirties) were drawn to Sonic, having grown up with a Mega Drive. My favourite part of the Centre is the Eighties classroom. My primary school had a couple of BBC Micros that I remember using and spending time here writing basic programs is a joy. I only follow the useful instructions provided in the booklets but it's always rewarding to spend a few minutes typing lines of code to get some colourful text or a sound at the end of it. You do not have to go near the daunting streets of Central Cambridge to visit the Centre for Computing History. There is plenty of free parking yards from the door and you can buy merchandise from the main desk and snacks and drinks from a small kiosk. There is a wealth of knowledge and history in this place that should be supported and visited time after time- I have been twice and will definitely be back. If you have any sort of interest in computers or computer games then this should not be missed!