Fuelling The Future, Powering the Past

by TNMOC - Charity 1109874. in Bletchley, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 5th June 2020 we successfully raised £40,004 with 477 supporters in 56 days

Now in its 13th year, The National Museum of Computing is facing the biggest challenge to its existence. We need your help to survive!

by TNMOC - Charity 1109874. in Bletchley, England, United Kingdom

Help save the legacy of the WWII codebreakers – join The National Museum of Computing crowdfunder

The UK’s largest collection of working computers, housed at the historic Block H on Bletchley Park, is threatened with closure because of the Covid-19 lockdown and the expected social distancing requirements thereafter.

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) houses 50,000 artefacts – big and small, spanning every decade of computing history. Crucially, we maintain the legacy of Alan Turing, Bill Tutte and Tommy Flowers and the other wartime codebreakers through our world-famous

rebuilds of the Colossus and Bombe machines. These vital systems were on the frontline of the intelligence battle against the Nazis, decoding key enemy messages and thereby shaping the war’s outcome.

We are also home to the pioneering BBC Micro and ZX Spectrum and many other much-loved, legendary PCs from the 1980s and 1990s. We house systems that shaped business, leisure - and the internet; systems that helped organisations to function and for people to alleviate their isolation during the pandemic.

We are a living, breathing, hands-on organisation whose workshops, projects, exhibitions and on-site training appeals to all generations and people from all backgrounds.

But TNMOC and our work are in desperate need of your financial help.

We are independently funded and rely heavily for revenue on the thousands of visitors who come through our doors each year. Covid-19 restrictions mean we have lost all of our income.

Most of our staff have been furloughed but we still have bills to pay – including our rent. Disappointingly, we’ve also failed to qualify for emergency Government funding that could have helped. And of course, it’s impossible to say when we will be able to reopen.

Please join our crowdfunder to help ensure TNMOC can survive the pandemic and continue in its mission to bring the unique story of our nation’s technology heritage to a wider world.

Thank you for your support – we look forward to welcoming you to The National Museum of Computing on  Bletchley Park again.

TNMOC Team

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

181 of 300 claimed

Post pandemic day entry Ticket - Keyring

The reward gives you priority day entry to the Museum on a day of your choice, Tuesday- Sunday and a Bombe Keyring

£45 or more

29 of 150 claimed

A Family Annual ticket (2 Adults & 3 children)

This reward will give you and your family access to the whole Museum, including the stem bytes festivals during school holidays and weekends. Valid for up to two adults and three children 16 years and under.

£100 or more

70 of 100 claimed

Limited Edition Print

These special commemorative prints celebrate the 10th anniversary of The National Museum of Computing and only 500 of each print are available worldwide. You can choose from either Colossus, Bombe, Enigma or Lorenz and each one has its own unique number from 001-500 in the bottom right corner. These are high quality contemporary framed, Giclee prints on fine art paper using UV stable inks and are set in a FSC approved solid wood black frame.

£400 or more

3 of 30 claimed

Team Group Guided Tour for 16 people

This reward offers a group guided tour of our Museum. It also offers the team / group the opportunity to free flow after their tour and engage with our expert volunteers and guides.

£599 or more

4 of 15 claimed

New Turing Welchmen Pen

To celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the first Turing-Welchman Bombe, TNMOC has launched The Turing-Welchman Pen made by Bespoke British Pens. There will only be 211 of this design worldwide to reflect the 211 Bombes built during the war. The top of each pen is made from sterling silver to resemble the Bombe’s drum, with the 26 letters of the alphabet etched into the surface and an edition number is engraved on the barrel.

£750 or more

3 of 25 claimed

Sponsor a School Visit

This gift voucher allows a school group of up to 50 students a chance to enjoy and engage in a hands-on STEM learning visit, based around Computer Science, at our Museum. You can select a school of your choice to donate this gift voucher to.

£2,500 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Boxed Colossus Valve and Paper Tape

This is a fabulous, very rare reward of a Colossus valve and paper tape. It is signed by both Margaret Sale ( A Museum Founder) and Phil Hayes (Colossus Chief Engineer).

£7,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Presentation Set of Colossus valves

One of only five presentation sets of Colossus valves ever produced, the set comprises one of each type of valve as used on Colossus. The 1st set is on display at TNMOC, the 2nd & 3rd sets have been presented to museums in Europe, and the 4th could be yours..... The 5th we have safe in store

£60 or more

15 of 15 claimed

Valve Flip Flip

Contains all you need to build your own Valve Flip-Flop Requires skill with a soldering iron and basic electronics knowledge

£99 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Valve Ring Modulator Kit

Contains all you need to build your own Valve Hybrid Ring Modulator so you can sound like a Dalek Requires skill with a soldering iron and basic electronics knowledge. Requires a microphone and amplifier (not included)

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