Consider the future by learning from the past
Keep alive the history of computers for generations
There is an identified need to provide a computer & internet museum for the people of Northwest area. There is only a handful of other such facilities in the UK. The “hands-on museum” will provide people with a sense of community, improve people’s knowledge of IT and provide training and job opportunities.
Direct Technology Communities CIC, trading as Northwest Computer Museum, is a brand-new CIC company to bring old and new technology to the community. It will have a full computer museum with usable exhibits from the 1970s to date and workshops to help and train people from the young to the old in the usage of retro computers, different programming languages and programming of electronic boards such as Arduino/Raspberry PI Boards to design electronic projects.
From the understanding of old computers from the 70s to date, people will be able to use and learn how to program and use. This will give communities the understanding of computing from the past to date and the use of future technology, like the Microsoft Hololense. Importantly, the museum will be an interactive museum and always developing.
We will have the facilities for clubs and individual to gain more skills and to use the equipment that they would not be able to access before. There will be a vast amount of information on display for the old computers and the early days and the internet to date with the future of technology.
We will work with both young & old, ex-forces and organisations to help them with the different technologies by giving them a basic understanding of what technologies used to be like by using the museum’s equipment. This can help to focus individuals and charity organisations on different areas of technology they can develop a career or interests in or which can help them in their organisations; and also using new technologies of today i.e. Virtual Reality to Windows Mixed Reality.
There will be an onsite Internet Café to allow people who cannot afford to have internet at home to use the internet at a small price with printing facilities.
Workshops will be offering training, such as, Programming Retro style, which will give a basic idea of programming to the latest languages like Visual Basic, C#, Python and SQL .
Also looking into City & Guilds Accreditation in computers for people to change or move into IT.
Aims & Objectives
We believe the Computer Museum will meet the following Aims and Objectives:
- Provide vital IT Skills
- Support the education of local people.
- Give a sense of belonging for the Community.
- Promote links to other social groups and strengthen our community.
- Provide opportunities to increase community led activities.
Through providing: -
- Education, training and work experience opportunities.
- Local facilities and events for all the community
- Meeting point at the community café.
- Workshops, classes and clubs that are inclusive for all the Community.
- Volunteering and job opportunities.
- Book Swap facility.
We have located a premise in Wigan which would be fantastic to setup the museum, it is the Old BullDog Tools Offices not far from the town centre, the work is being done in the premises are in the Museum part itself.
Museum This is the first room in the museum, this will be for the 70s & 80s of computers and down the middle will be the Internet information in the 70s and 80s. As you can see there is a large entrance to the next part of the museum.
This second room will be for the 90s and upward computers and again in the middle will be the information and demos of the internet in that time period.
There are around 4 workshop rooms in the premises :-
Sample of workshop
In the premises there will be 3 workshop rooms specific for Virtual Reality :-
Virtual Reality Workshops
VR Suite 1 This will be for the normal VR like Oculus or HTC
VR Suite 2 Also for Oculus or HTC
VR Workshop, this also will be covering Mixed Reality like the Microsoft Hololense
In the premises there are nothing structural work to be done just redecoration, flooring and replacement ceiling tiles. There are more rooms upstairs which will be used as more workshops and offices. For disability access the main workshops will be downstairs.
The Entrance will also be used as a Museum Shop, selling a range of retro computers like Commodore or Sinclair, so you can take home a little bit of computer history and have fun using it. We will have memorabilia like Amiga or BBC computer mugs and so on. This will help with the continued funding for the museum for years to come along side with entrance charges, workshop usage charges etc.
The funding will help in:-
- Decoration of the buidling
- Furniture for the Workshops and Museum
- Purchase of the some retro computers for the museum
- VR Equipment
- Training Materials
- Raspberry Pi/Auduino Boards
- PCs for training rooms