A brand new exhibition looks at the office technologies that were superseded by the development of the microchip.
Nick Fisher, typewriter historian and collector goes back to a time when machines such as typewriters and mechanical calculators were commonplace in offices. A selection of machines are on display to illustrate the development of manufacturers styling and use of colour, which relied upon top designers such as Marcello Nizzoli, employed by Olivetti to produce attractively styled products. The exhibition also look at the role of women in the workplace and some of the obstacles and stereotyping that befell them. It also features reproductions of period photographs and amusing, sometimes risqué postcards.
Museum curator Simon Webb said ‘This is a fascinating insight into the technology and social history of a pre-computer age’
There is an opportunity for visitors to try their hands at using both manual typewriters and comptometers, as well as compete in a typing competition, using the text from the 1925 Type-writing Championships.
About the Museum of Computing
The Museum of Computing was the first dedicated computer museum in the UK, opening in 2003. It is a not-for-profit Company limited by guarantee and is run entirely by volunteers. The museum has a collection of over 3000 objects related to the history of computing and holds regular exhibitions and events.
The museum is in Swindon town centre at 6-7 Theatre Square, Swindon SN1 1QN, at the top of Regent Street close to the new Central Library.
Opening times are: Saturdays from 9.30am to 5pm and Mondays from 10am to 4pm.
There is a classroom for talks, PC clinics, gaming events, childrens computer club, adult computer classes and school visits.
Admission fees are: £5.00 for a family ticket, £2 for adults, £1.50 for Students and Concessions, children age 6-15 yrs cost £1, under 5’s go free. All children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. We welcome school parties and private groups by appointment.