Centre for Computing History


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Rene Court Coldhams Road
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB1 3EW
England

The Centre for Computing History is an inspirational educational charity (est. 2006) and museum with a collection in excess 24,000 items. The computing revolution has been responsible for wholesale social and cultural transformation, irreversibly changing our ways of thinking, communicating, organizing, working and playing on a speed and scale unparalleled in human history. Our core purpose is to increase understanding of developments in computing over the past 60 years through exploring the social, cultural and historical impact of the digital revolution. Our aim is to bring this exciting, profound and tumultuous story to life. We also do lots of unusual ‘stuff’ – engaging youngsters in fun ways with off-curricula engineering and electronics; designing creative coding workshops; running ‘tech tents’ at big national events such as the BBC’s Make It Digital campaign; evolving the country’s most extensive archive on personal computing; and building learning and partnership links with local tech businesses to deliver exciting computing projects in the community – all with the aim of helping people, especially young people, develop the 21st-century skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century workplace. Since opening in Cambridge in late 2013, over 20,000 visitors, including 10,000 children, have visited the museum, benefited from our workshops, interactive exhibits and informative tours. Through a creative educational programme, the Centre provides the opportunity for children of all ages to encounter, engage and enjoy a diversity of computing experiences. CCH is currently developing two new Cambridge-related archives: a Sinclair collection and an Acorn collection. (Registered Charity No: 1130071)

Further information

Opening Hours:

Term Time: Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm School Holidays: 7 days a week 10am-5pm

Charges:

£8 adults £6 children (5-16years) Under 5's are free. £24 Family ticket (up to two adults and two children).

Travel directions:

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 itself. Take that turn into the commercial estate and follow the road to your right. Just before the railway crossing, turn first right into Rene Court and you will see the museum. Limited parking is available.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities information:

Open Monday - Friday for school/college/university bookings

Services:

  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Loan service
  • Touch exhibits
  • Equipment hire available
  • Corporate loans service
  • Handling sessions
  • Online shop
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Direct teaching services for schools

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