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IBM Hursley Museum

The museum at IBM Hursley Park exists to help preserve IBM's historical heritage. The museum contains artefacts from the Hursley Park location as well as hardware from the company's beginnings through to many of the products developed at Hursley over the years. Staff on-site can visit the museum at any time. Customer groups are often shown around the Museum during visits to the Executive Briefing Centre but due to its location in the IBM development laboratory the Museum is not open to the general public. However visits by organised groups can be, and are, arranged. Recent visitors have included several branches of the University of the Third Age (U3A), Chichester College,OGLE, the Computer Conservation Society and the National Museum of Computing (Bletchley Park). Applications for such visits should be made to uklabscomms@uk.ibm.com.

Hursley's Museum is located in several rooms on the lower ground floor of Hursley House. From time to time there are also various displays in the Hursley House library. There is also a display area in the Bristol Office, where Cloudant staff are based, and in Manchester.

416 Tabulator from Oslo

Improved Museum Rooms

By March 2018, most of the display rooms have been changed significantly. Many of the artefacts received from IBM Norway have been put straight out on display. The Origins of IBM displays are now spread over two rooms, one covering Punch Card technology, the other time clocks, recorders and pre-IBM computing. The Hursley room now has a System/370 console, reflecting Hursley's participation in the development of that series.The PC room has been completely rearranged, as has the room once containing ThinkPads and the Office Products room. Some larger items of Unit Record equipment fill the gaps.

Hursley 60th Anniversary

2018 marked 60 years since IBM moved into Hursley. Celebrations over the weekend included an open day on the 22nd September, which saw huge volumes of visitors throughout opening hours. The curators were kept so busy that we don't have any photographs! The previous weekend saw another annual Heritage Open Day, which was also well attended.

Supporting the NHS 70th Anniversary

NHS Exhibition


NHS Exhibition

To mark the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service, the Royal Hampshire County Hospital arranged an exhibition, which included office equipment loaned to the hospital for the occasion by the Hursley museum. Our artefacts, including dictating equipment, a typewriter, PC and PS/1 were shown alongside new ergonomic devices designed to make using IT more comfortable and more easily accessible to people with special needs. There was also a display of old medical equipment as well as the latest in training aids.