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Welcome...

Welcome to the South-West Retro Computing Archive.

Latest information

November 18th, 2013

4th retro-computing event open to the public as part of the BCS South West events programme.

View video on iTunesU (free)
Watch the video from the Plymouth University iTunesU collection (free)
Look down the list of assets for 'Retro Computing 2013'.
YouTube link also available from here.


January 17th, 2013

Items from the archive will be on display as part of the Clash of the Consoles III Retro Gaming Tournament. This is in aid of Orchid the male cancer charity.

Clash of the Consoles III - Retro Gaming Tournament


November 26th, 2012

3rd retro-computing event open to the public as part of the BCS South West events programme.

View video on iTunesU (free)
Watch the video from the Plymouth University iTunesU collection (free)
Look down the list of assets for 'Retro Computing 2012'.
Non-iTunes access also available from here.


April 24th, 2012

The Register recently contacted us to seek permission to use a photograph of the Microwriter Agenda from our collection. Read the full article.


April 11th, 2012

We are currently adding around 100 new items to our collection with over 300 photos to process!


November 21st, 2011

Hosted another retro-computing event open to the public as part of the BCS South West events programme.

View video on iTunesU (free)
Watch the video from the Plymouth University iTunesU collection (free)
Look down the list of assets for 'Retro Computing'.
Non-iTunes access also available from here.


December 14th, 2010

Launch event as part of the BCS South West events programme.


December 1st, 2010

This website is currently under development - we are aiming to catalogue, photograph and wherever possible video demonstrations of the various exhibits we currently have on display at the School of Computing and Mathematics, Plymouth University. We aim to launch our website in December at a launch event as part of the BCS South West events programme.

Appeal: If you have any old/historic equipment you would consider donating to the South-West Retro Computing Archive, please visit our donor page. All donated devices are catalogued and kept in locked cabinets with an accompanying label identifying the donor (you may choose to remain anonymous). Items will also be photographed and, where possible, videoed in operation.

Come and visit the exhibits

Our permanent display is located in the Portland Square building at Plymouth University. Visitors are always welcome and may visit the exhibits without prior arrangement (during normal working hours). We only have a subset of the exhibits on display at any time, often only showing around 100 items.

Acknowledgments

This archive and website would not be possible without the support and assistance of a number of individuals/organisations. First and foremost, we would like to say a big 'thank-you' to all our donors for their kind loans/donations to our archive. We would also like to thank Dr Bogdan Ghita for his work in photographing the exhibits, Dr Paul Dowland for designing and maintaining the website and Prof Steven Furnell for his contributions to both the exhibits and their detailed descriptions. Finally, we wish to thank Magic Toolbox for the use of their Magic Zoom™ and Magic 360™ tools.