Slowly wending their way through a rabbit warren of small rooms, visitors can follow the history of technology. They will see slide rules, early calculators, huge analogue modems and ‘floppy’ disks with cases made of cardboard, not plastic. They will then file slowly past screens showing examples of screen burn when they were left on for too long (this was well before screen savers!) analogue modems, mainframes half the size of the room and five foot tall supercomputers that could be a prop from 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Black Hole. There are examples of early business PCs, Palms and basic laptops.
Part of the Museum presents the inventions leading to what is now called ‘the internet’, whilst another has been given over to boards detailing year-by-year the developments in world and UK history, entertainment and sport in parallel with those in personal computing. Nearby is a range of restored machines set up to play popular retro games. The next room showcases a number of partially restored punch card machines, which were capable of sorting cards punched in a certain way automatically, some at around 400 cards a minute.