A History of Computing

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Explore the evolution of computing – from the days when computers were so large that they would fill a room, to the personal desktop computers of the 1980s and 90s and today’s small, wearable devices.

Visitors to this exhibition will be able to see exhibits from a succession of historic computers that have provided Newcastle University’s computing service over the last sixty years, including a Ferranti Pegasus computer, believed to have been the first computer in the whole of the North East.

A major part of the display is centred on some of the most important and interesting parts of the iconic IBM System 360/67 – bought by Newcastle University in 1967 and at the time, the largest IBM computer in any British university. It was also Europe’s first time-sharing computer – a computer that could be used simultaneously from a number of widely dispersed keyboard terminals.

Venue: Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle Helix

A History of Computing

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