Have you ever wanted to spend the day with PAC-MAN, Lara Croft, Donkey Kong and Zelda? As part of its birthday celebrations, the Museum of Computing in Swindon is holding a ‘games character fancy dress day’ on Saturday 14 August.
Members of the public are invited to dress as their favourite games character to get free admission to the museum, a prize will be awarded for the best costume. There will be lots more happening including some ‘old school’ gaming, face painting and mask making. Those who aren’t brave enough to dress up can still take advantage of the museum’s recently reduced admission charges. The museum will be open from 09:30 to 17:00.
Events Manager Julian Hogan said "It’s going to be an amazing day, we’re hoping for a big turnout and a lot of fun"
The museum has staged a variety of public events including PAC-MAN and Space Invaders on Swindon’s "Big Screen”, as well as providing dedicated exhibitions for the Science Museum at Wroughton and the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The ‘human PAC-MAN’ event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of PAC-MAN received international media coverage and generated a huge amount of interest for the museum
18 months ago, the future of the UK’s first dedicated computer museum seemed uncertain. After a year in storage it seemed unlikely that suitable premises could be found for this unique collection. But thanks to Swindon Borough Council, a new home in Swindon town centre was offered to the museum and one year on the museum is growing in popularity.
Museum curator Simon Webb said "We’ve been doing an enormous amout of work in the gallery and its going to look great, a real asset for Swindon. We have a fantastic team of volunteers who are making the museum a great place to visit. We’ve many new exhibits as well as lots more hands-on areas"
As well as the more visible improvements to the museum there has been a great deal of work going on in the background. Collections Manager Dianne Reuby has been working towards museum accreditation for the past two years and an application has now been submitted to the Museums and Libraries Archive Council.
A new exhibition curated by typewriter historian Nick Fisher called ‘Before the Computer’ will look at the technologies that have been replaced by the modern computer and is due to open later this year.