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Computer museum bags Cambridge premises

Source: www.cabume.co.uk

A satellite shot of where the computer museum will be located

Computer museum will live here

It has taken almost two years of campaigning, but on Thursday theCentre for Computing History will finally take possession of the keys for its new Cambridge home.

Though a site was identified some 12 months back, most of the time since then has been spent waiting for Cambridge City Council to consent to a change of use for the premises, from retail to museum.

The lease on the 10,500 sq ft building located just off Coldhams Lane has been signed and although there is still a considerable amount of fundraising needed and lot of work ahead to transform the building, Dr Hermann Hauser, will take formal possession of the keys to the building.

Called the Centre for Computing History, but commonly referred to as the Computer Museum, the Centre specialises in modern era computing, when computers first became common place within the homes of the public.

The Centre is constantly undertaking outreach work, enthusing young people about technology and taking the older generation on nostalgic retro-laden journeys with the use of working PCs and consoles such as the ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro and Atari, many of which have been reconditioned to run the games that defined the childhood of so many.

What really stands out is the range of equipment in the Centre's possession, which is what is ultimately driving its move to Cambridge, the desire to put as much on display to as a wide an audience as possible.

The event will also mark the beginning of a new fund raising campaign for the museum, which needs to raise £128,000 to have the building fit and ready for launch to the public by the end of July, in time for the school holiday period.

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