Swindon’s Museum of Computing is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the launch of a new exhibition: Robots Revealed.
It aims to turn the spotlight on the exciting world of robots and explain their history, their future and the impact they have on people’s lives. It explores every aspect of the robotic world, from the robots that build our cars to the devices that are revolutionising surgery, from children’s toys, to the robots that wage our wars remotely.
Visitors are able to see the latest in labour-saving domestic robot technology, pit their wits against an industrial robot and marvel at the mighty Gyrobot, a 100kg battle-scarred veteran of TV’s Robot Wars.
There are plenty of interactive displays to help visitors both better understand robots and also have a go at controlling one.
Eli Dawson, the museum’s assistant curator and organiser of the exhibition said: “This is one of the most exciting exhibitions we have delivered. We’ve had some fantastic support from our sponsors and some incredible exhibits, it’s not to be missed.”
Over the six months of the exhibition the museum will be running a series of workshops where visitors can build and programme their own robot.
Simon Webb, museum curator said: “We are living in a time where the dream of a robot in the home is now a reality. This exhibition is a fascinating insight into how far robots have progressed and a glimpse into their future.”
At a tenth anniversary party museum founder Jeremy Holt said: “We think of the computing museum as being a true one, being both public-facing and playing an important role in preserving and properly storing computing artefacts.”
He also paid tribute to the volunteers who run the museum, coordinate user groups.
Find out more about Robotics Revealed at museum-of-computing.org.uk
The museum is open on Fridays, 10am to 4pm and Saturdays, 9.30am to 5pm at 6 to 7 Theatre Square, Swindon SN1 1QN.
Pictured: Gallery Manager Fleur Perry and famous semi-robot at the museum’s tenth anniversary party on 5 July. Below, Rhona Jack with one of the exhibits. Photos: Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com