An afternoon with the original code-breakers

Yesterday, I went to the Bletchley Park Summer Party, which was sponsored by the latest donor to the historic site of the WWII code-breakers, Google. Paul Clarke took a lovely set of photos which capture the spirit of the day. Here’s my measly offering, taken mainly at the National Museum of Computing (NMOC), which was a bit of a revelation.

The tradition of housing research scientists in ugly pre-fabs has a long history:

Hut 1 at Bletchley Park

Hut 1 at Bletchley Park

The WITCH is the world’s oldest computer. The NMOC hope it will soon be the world’s oldest working computer:

The WITCH at the NMOC, Bletchley Park

The WITCH at the NMOC, Bletchley Park

The PDP-11 was the machine that Stewart Brand wrote about in his iconic Rolling Stone article: “Space War: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums

A rack of PDP11s

A rack of PDP11s

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