To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Milton Keynes as a new town, The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park is hosting a special weekend on 21-22 January 2017 highlighting the past, present and future of computing.
For the first eight years of Milton Keynes existence, the existence of the code-breaking Colossus computer, was still secret. On this special anniversary weekend, visitors to The National Museum of Computing can see the world-famous rebuild of Colossus together with the array of technology that has followed in its wake and powered the development of Milton Keynes. There will also be glimpses of technologies to come.
During the weekend of 21-22 January 2017, visitors can:
- Find out how cities are becoming smarter and come up with your own ideas on what tech and apps we will be using in 50 years’ time in MK
- Relive wartime Buckinghamshire and join the Home Guard as they patrol the museum and provide opportunities to try on a uniform plus more
- Use Gamar, an augmented reality app, to explore the museum via a brand new museum trail
- Come face-to-face with a rebuild of world’s first electronic computer, Colossus, and discover its key role in shortening the Second World War
- Become a Robot Brain Surgeon with our friends at Tech Camp. To book a place please visit techcamp.org.uk
- See the world’s oldest working computer, the WITCH, and watch in amazement as it flickers and clicks to perform calculations at 1951 computer speed
- Discover the wonder of wearable technologies like Oculus Rift to discover new possibilities in virtual worlds
- Code and play games on our 1980’s BBC micros.
To celebrate the Milton Keynes anniversary year and ten years of the existence of The National Museum of Computing, MK families get half-price entry! It is only £10 (normal price £20) for a family of up to 2 adults and three children (under 16). Just bring proof of residence within an MK postcode.