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The museum at IBM Hursley Park exists to help preserve IBM's historical heritage. It contains artefacts developed at the Hursley Park location as well as hardware from the company's beginnings through to the PC and PS/2 eras and beyond. 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.

416 Tabulator from Oslo

Hursley's Museum is located in several rooms on the lower ground floor of Hursley House.

The Origins of IBM displays are spread over two rooms, one covering Punch Card technology - the T in CTR (Computing Tabulating & Recording Company), the original name of IBM, and the other time clocks, recorders and pre-IBM computing - the C & R. The Hursley room is dedicated to products developed by the Laboratory and displays the limited number of artefacts that still survive. It includes a System/370 console, reflecting Hursley's participation in the development of that series, and other artefacts like the 4691 'Moonshine' Leisure Terminal. The PC room was rearranged a while ago, as was the room once containing ThinkPads and Office Products. Some larger items of Unit Record equipment fill the gaps.

Recent Activities

Bletchley Park 080 Sorter

Our 080 card sorter has been loaned to Bletchley Park for their new exhibition "The Intelligence Factory" that opened in April 2022, photos of which can be found here. This exhibition tells the story of the data processing activities that supported the code breaking efforts. There were many card punches, sorters, collators and tabulators in use during the war effort.

A page has been added to the web site, which tries to explain the typical processes and hardware involved in data processing using punch cards . It also highlights some of the hardware that in part contributed to the demise of the IBM Punch Card. It includes a photo of a warehouse facility containing an estimated 4Gb of punch card storage. Each punch card offered a maximum of 80 columns, or bytes. One card box typically contained 2,000 cards for a maximum of 160K bytes, 6.1/4 boxes per Megabyte, or 625 boxes per 100M. Find your little processing job amongst that lot!



Parts Cleaner

The museum curators have purchased a parts cleaner. This will be used to clean and degrease parts and smaller machines such as typewriters. Seventy year old grease and oil is very gooey and stubborn. With the aid of a water diluted detergent we are hoping to revive in the first instance a Selectric input / output typewriter from a 2741 data terminal.


Museum Trifolds

The museum's trifold collection is available on the museum web site trifold page, from where you can download and print your own copy.