The Historic Computing Special Interest Group is a group dedicated to collating and preserving materials and artefacts relating to the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University and its past incarnations, including as photos, videos, commissioned art, documents, software and physical artefacts.
Computing at Newcastle has a long and prestigious history. The original Computing Laboratory, founded in 1957 served a dual function, providing computing support as well as taking an academic role. In 1992 the University chose to separate the functions and today the School of Computing serves the academic function alongside the support provision of Newcastle University IT Service (NUIT).
The main method of communication for the group is via the cs-historic-committee mailing list. We maintain a public todo list on Trello. If you have an interest, information or expertise in Computing History, we encourage you to join our group!
The strands of work that the SIG are looking at are as follows:
- Hardware: the Historic Computing Collection
- Digital Assets (including software)
- Research publications
- Data Recovery
- Department “genealogy”
Is there something missing? Could you help us with our work? Get in touch and let us know!
Historic Computing Committee
The committee is:
- Sara Bellwood
- Adèle Davison
- Jonathan Dowland (Chair)
- Clive Gerrard
- John Law
- Lindsay Marshall
- Brian Randell
- Nick Tones
- Michelle Wright
The committee can be reached via the cs-historic-committee mailing list.