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FAQs

WHAT IS THE MUSEUM ABOUT?

The Micro Museum is the result of more than four decades of collecting by the owners, Mike and Carol Deer, during which time they found, bought and rescued hundreds of pieces of old tech equipment which was often destined to be lost in lofts, garages, sheds or consigned to rubbish dumps.

WHAT IS IN THE COLLECTION?

At the heart of the collection are the displays of computers, games consoles and more from the 1970s and 1980s, that important period when rapid technological developments brought computers into the lives oif home users.

IS THERE ANY HISTORY TO DISCOVER DURING A VISIT?

Information boards around the Museum tell the story of computing, starting with the very important "0", without which there could not be binary coding.

The stories of the thinkers and inventors whose ideas helped develop computing through the ages.  Included are Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace in Victorian times, Tommy Flowers the inventor of Colossus in the Second World War, the beginning of the micro chip age and onwards, through to the start of the 21st century.  Other topics include the work of British inventor and entrepreneur Sir Clive Sinclair and the historic firsts in games, sounds, graphics, robotics, computer languages and more. 

WHAT IS THERE TO SEE?

Hundreds of items from the huge collection are on display at any one time, for education or simply to enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane.   Visitors are encouraged to find their first computer and experience those great Oh look, I had one of those! moments. 

The owners and volunteer team members are on hand to share stories and experiences with visitors.

IS THERE ANYTHING TO PLAY ON?

The Museum offers a hands on experience for visitors. 

There are usually 30+ consoles and computers available for visitors to enjoy playing the original games or retro versions of the old classics. 

ARE THERE EVENTS?

Yes.  Special events are organised every season, when the owners with their knowledgeable and talented team of volunteers, bring together their skills to share their passions for everything computing, gaming and electronic.

IS ANYTHING HAPPENING DURING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE?

Lots.  We are enjoying a virtual season during 2020, making and premiering a series of YouTube videos on a wide variety of computer, tech and games subjects including Easter Eggs in Games, Pac-Man @40, Sir Clive Sinclair @80, Games Box Cover Art, Electronic Music Making and Closer Looks at Items in the Collection.

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