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A History of Computing

Explore the evolution of computing – from the days when computers were so large that they would fill a room, to the personal desktop computers of the 1980s and 90s and today’s small, wearable devices.

Date/Time: 2 August - 9 September 2018. Exhibition open weekdays 9.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle Helix

Visitors to this exhibition will be able to see exhibits from a succession of historic computers that have provided Newcastle University’s computing service over the last sixty years, including a Ferranti Pegasus computer, believed to have been the first computer in the whole of the North East.

A major part of the display is centred on some of the most important and interesting parts of the iconic IBM System 360/67 – bought by Newcastle University in 1967 and at the time, the largest IBM computer in any British university. It was also Europe's first time-sharing computer - a computer that could be used simultaneously from a number of widely dispersed keyboard terminals.


For details of other events on campus that form part of the University’s 'Inspired by' Great Exhibition of the North programme see our 'Inspired by' events listing