Intel, one of the biggest players in global computing, has made a donation of £3,500 to the UKs first museum of computing.
Both Intel and the museum are based in Swindon and the contribution has come about thanks to the help of North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson.
The money will be a much needed boost to the museum’s income, helping with running costs and the excellent education programmes that have been developed to teach children about the history of computing.
Justin Tomlinson MP said: “It is fantastic that Intel have been kind enough to support Swindon’s highly regarded computer museum for a second time. The facilities they helped fund previously have transformed the museum’s education programme and this generous donation will be crucial in keeping it running.”
Graham MacDonald, Director Greater Europe Communications Policy at Intel said: “In 1971 Intel invented the first microprocessor containing 2300 transistors. Now with our latest microprocessors boasting more than a billion, it remains important to remember the history of computing since it wasn’t that long ago we were living in a digital free world. Intel is proud to sponsor the first physical museum of its kind in the UK dedicated to the history of computing.”
Jeremy Holt, Founder of the Swindon Museum of Computing said: “We are immensely grateful to Intel for their donation. As we are a totally volunteer run organisation with no official funding, this donation allows us to plan for the future including continuing:
1. the childrens’ computer club every Saturday morning;
2. the “Hackspace” get-togethers every Wednesday evening which we run for adult computer enthusiasts;
3. the courses that we run for older folk on how to use computers and to take advantage of the internet, and,
4. to keep the Museum open to the general public every Friday and Saturday.We hope to run a new special exhibition on robotics at the Museum in the near future.
"As well as the financial element, the donation is a psychological boost for all of the many people involved in the running of the Museum which was the first computer museum in the country.”
Pictured, Justin Tomlinson MP, centre left, and Graham MacDonald of Intel, with Dianne Reuby, Museum Accreditation Officer, left, and Simon Webb, curator, Swindon Museum of Computing
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