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February 2019 - We have identified an artefact that has been in the back office for years, thanks to some detailed photos from our friends in Namur. It is a printed acetate roll from the operator console of a S/370 Model 138.
- Our 029 card punch has been fitted with a wooden leg. One of the back legs was broken during transit from Oslo. It has also had a mechanical check and lubrication, but now needs some circuit tracing to get it fully working.
January 2019 - Latest donation is an ITR clocking-in machine with IBM UK serial plate and service phone numbers inside.
November / December 2018 - An exhibition has opened in the Computer Museum NAM-IP in Namur, Belgium highlighting mainframe computers. Hursley Museum provided information and photographs earlier in the year. One of the machines on display is a System/370 Model 138, which was developed in Hursley. The exhibition is open until the end of June.
- Recent donations include a PC-AT, a set of ESCON tools used by CE to measure propagation / attenuation in fibre cables. We also received a 4691 leisure / pub terminal, code name Moonshine, developed by WSD in 1986. This is now on display in the Hursley room.
September / October 2018

- The Heritage Open Day was on the 16th September, with around 200 visitors to the museum
- The following weekend included the Open Day for employees, families and retirees. The museum was packed with visitors for the whole day.
- A little while ago, we were finally able, after years of hoping, to access a safe high up and behind wooden panelling in one of the conference rooms in the House. In there we found over 300 boxes, all numbered, containing ALD (Automated Logic Diagram) printouts, other print runs, punch cards and hand written worksheets. It's taken a while to work out what this treasure trove actually is, but we are now confident it is the complete logic design for the System/360 Model 40. So far we have not been able to ascertain why it was archived there.

August 2018 - Two new display cabinets have arrived. Both have been placed in the main hall on the ground floor of Hursley House.
- Three RS/6000 machines have been donated by Geert Rolf in the Netherlands. He has also donated a 129 card punch / verifier, which will be shipped at some time in the future.
June/July 2018 - The NHS anniversary exhibition was a great success. Alongside the artefacts loaned to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, the staff showed a number of devices to assist people with disabilities to make better use of computing equipment. There were many other exhibits on display, including a room full of rather gruesome instruments used in days gone by.
- Some preparation work has started in advance of the coming 60th celebrations. The museum is expanding its range of explanatory leaflets around the various museum rooms.
May 2018 - Until we fully understand the implications of GDPR, the website has been modified to withhold people's names that accompany photographs. The data is still held but not publicly available.
- The museum has been asked to support the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in its celebrations of 70 years NHS in June. The aim is to display office equipment alongside medical equipment to show a wider picture of the environment both in front-end medicine and office support. The only artefact we have from the days of IBM's Medical Division is a line drawing of an IBM Heart-Lung machine used in the 1950s. We will however be lending typewriters, PCs and other office artefacts.
April 2018 - Initial preparations for the 60th anniversary of IBM at Hursley - we have started looking at what artefacts we could display as part of the celebrations in September
- Just prior to the 60th, Hursley will be opening the House doors for the Heritage Weekend. The House and grounds will be open to the public. The museum will hopefully combine additional displays from the 60th.
March 2018 - New page added to website on Pervasive Computing
- New Oslo artefacts put on display
- Photos of 1960s hardware sent to a museum in Namur, Belgium, for a planned exhibition
February 2018 - Remainder of missing Oslo artefacts arrived
- S/370 Console on display in the Hursley room
- Clock and tabulator moved to the new Hursley "Hub"
January 2018 - Oslo article published in the Computer Conservation Society journal
Nov / Dec 2017 - A number of damaged machines from Oslo repaired and put on display
- One of the Oslo master clocks is now fully working and on display
- The Personal Computing room was reorganised to show the hardware in chronological order, with some items removed and replaced by others. ThinkPads are now included in this display.
- ASCII terminals, token ring and point of sale have now moved into the old video control room previously occupied by ThinkPads
- AS/400s have moved into the room previously occupied by RISC hardware, which is now incorporated into the PC room
- The typewriter room now has a more complete display of Office Products hardware
October 2017 - Shipment arrived from Oslo. Several items put straight out on display. Some items damaged and will require repair. See http://hursley.slx-online.biz/oslo.asp for a fuller story.
September 2017 - Rearranged a number of displays and back office storage in preparation for the arrival of the new artefacts from Oslo.
- Shipping agreed with IBM Norway
- Peter attended BCS event, taking a selection of artefacts for display to attendees.
August 2017 - New ThinkPad display completed with a disassembled 'Butterfly' 701 and ThinkPad accessories, including a range of PCMCIA cards.
- Donations of a PS/1, ThinkPad 560Z in full working order and some brochures and documentation.
- Agreed a list of artefacts to ship from Oslo. Ongoing discussions regarding funding for the shipping costs.
July 2017 - Reorganised ThinkPad display - remove a number of ThinkPads and associated shelving, display Sequent server and lighted display cabinet instead. Cabinet will contain disassembled ThinkPads.
June 2017 - Offer of a treasure trove of artefacts from IBM in Oslo as they are moving office.
- Meeting with EBC, UCL and British Library to discuss possible joint projects on archiving.
May 2017 - Request for assistance from Bletchley Park to identify wartime IBM equipment
April 2017 - Visit from IBM Corporate Archivist Jamie Martin and LJ Strumpf
- Large quantity of IBM manuals, sales materials, magazines, newspapers going back to the 1920s donated by an avid collector of all things IBM
- From the same collector, a model of a 705 console, battery operated, with flashing lights and rotating tape drive
- IBM-PC Prototyping Adapter Card added to displays
March 2017 - New display space to be made available in the main hall of the House
- Andy Stanford-Clark has now identified for us the 'mousetrap demo' on display.It is an Arcom controller used in the development of MQTT messaging protocol
- Request for information on IBM Dial Recorders from the Poldark Mine, they have one with a missing wheel
- CCS Newsletter March 2017
February 2017 - Article published by The Winchester Resident about the museum
- Greenock 'time capsule' received - lead box retrieved from wall in old Greenock reception containing newspapers and artefacts from the official opening of the plant in 1954
January 2017 - PC Prototyping Adapter Card donated by Peter Short
- New display space being made available in the Galileo Centre
- CCS Newsletter January 2017
December 2016 - John Heath, inventor of the swinging arm disk head technology, visited 16/12 and donated a Kestrel, a cutaway Redwing, the first two prototype swinging arms and some slides. He also helped the museum to identify Zenith.
November 2016 - IBM printing calculator added to collection thanks to a donation from George Tula
- Museum loans now added to the web site
- Donations including 2 x 3604, PS/2s, keyboards
- Rescued internally - more SSA adapters and disks, new 8" floppies, documentation
- CCS Newsletter November 2016
October 2016 - Significant progress cataloguing hardware in reserve collection
- Miscellaneous hardware, software and documentation from Runtime Technologies Department
- A quantity of SSA hard drives and adapter cards, plus other early hard drives from Storage Systems Development
- Some OPCE tools from John Dupree & Martin Parr
September 2016 - Several artefacts loaned to Manchester for their display
- Further donations received, mainly documentation
- IBM 091 Hollerith Tabulator moved to Origins Room
- Hand punch IBM 011 loaned to a Hursley department has disappeared
August 2016 - The donation of rack hardware from Warwick was brought to Hursley by two CEs based there, together with two Tektronix oscilloscopes..
- John Edwards has donated some framed magazine adverts for old, valve technology / mechanical IBM equipment plus some miscellaneous documentation and software. The pictures now hang behind the 705 console.
- 24 volt fixed power supplies obtained for two clocks.
- Bob Roberts has donated several miscellaneous pieces of hardware, a couple of ThinkPads, hard copy and a box of punch cards.
- CCS Newsletter August 2016
July 2016 - IBM 2984 Cash Issuing Terminal mock-up completed and moved to display area
- Small display of miscellaneous punch cards framed and set out in Origins room.
- One IBM clock has been partially resurrected, the electric rewind is proving unreliable.
- Meeting with ETS manager to discuss possible dates for their exhibits.
June 2016 - Obtained a variable voltage bench power supply, principally for testing IBM clock rewind mechanisms, but will be useful for other projects.
- Donated PS/2 P75 Portable to David Walton, a collector.
- Donation of ThinkPad 365XD from Brian Wiseman.
April - May 2016 - Secured a donation of two racks of assorted network / communications hardware from Warwick. They will bring down in August.
- Donated a magnetic tape and some punch cards to Trevor Lee for use on courses he runs for new apprentices and grads.
- Donation of PS/2 Model 55 from Glen Wilson
- CCS Newsletter May 2016
March 2016 - Installed further display cabinet in lower ground corridor
- Moved AS/400 and expansion box plus tape library machines into HLG19
- Donations include PS/2 and CE vacuum cleaner
- More work on 2984 CashPoint Model
- Create new panorama images for rooms with new displays
- CCS Newsletter March 2016
February 2016 - Begun replacing blue cards with shorter descriptions and QR codes for more detail
- Installed two tier racking for typewriter display area
- Retiree Newsletter February 2016
January 2016 - Obtained an IBM 3179 Colour Display Terminal, the monitor of which was developed in Hursley
- Obtained 1930s Electromatic typewriter
- CCS Newsletter January 2016
December 2015 - Five glass display cabinets received, Hursley products room reorganised
- Set of tools received for the back office workshop
- Donations received from a number of sources
November 2015 - Received a set of System/3 coasters in excellent condition
- CCS Newsletter November 2015
- Retiree Newsletter November 2015
October 2015 - Work has started on a full scale model of a 2984 CashPoint
- Received a partial CE toolkit
- Ada Lovelace Day at Hursley on BBC South Today
- Vickers' analogue computers identified with help of CCS
September 2015 - CCS Newsletter September 2015
July / August 2015

- Damage to 3278 has been rectified.
- The Hursley / Imperial College space probe IBMImp1 has been donated to the museum.
- We have donated some 'pins' (lapel badges) to a collector in Germany.
- A museum planning document has been prepared, looking at improvements to display areas and a major upgrade of the back office / archive storage.
- Latest status on AS/400 - we now have 4 working machines to which we have attached a 3570 Magstar tape library and a 3590 tape drive. MQSeries is running on one of the machines and CICS/400 will be running soon.

- Retiree Newsletter July 2015

June 2015

- We have donated a large number of non-IBM artefacts, together with some duplicate IBM hardware, to Jim Austin's computer museum near York. These have now all been collected.
- Jim Austin has loaned a 3278 display terminal with system console keyboard to the museum. It has some physical damage (dropped...) which we will try to rectify.

April / May 2015

- Received development adapter cards from Monitor Development - Expressway / Titanic / Spacemont / General B
- Received Redwing hard disk from former IBM Havant employee
- Replaced faulty kiosk in HLG03 and updated museum rolling presentation
- Article in New Electronics about the museum - click here to download PDF
- Received some Hursley developed logic modules

March 2015

- Received Tektronix Oscilloscope, Avo 8 multimeter and digital multimeter.
- PC-XT with OEM external interface donated.
- CE S/360 manuals received.
- New shelving ex-library set up in paper archive room HLG10.
- Web site navigation updated.

- CCS Newsletter March 2015

February 2015

- Another AS/400 brought to life.
- Preliminary work started on cataloguing photographic archive - More documentation and PC software received
- Liaison started with a computer museum near York. We are donating a number of mainly non-IBM artefacts.
- Library database added to web site.

- Retiree newsletter February 2015

January 2015

- Received an IBM 091 "Hollerith Type III Tabulator" and two Executive typewriters from Lyngby, Denmark. The 091 appears to date from 1921.
- The model of Hursley site has been moved from the conservatory into the museum. The display area in HLG19 has been moved around to accommodate it.
- New machine identification plate for the 705 designed in and printed from Photoshop.
- 3D model of missing 705 keytop designed in Autodesk Inventor and 3D printed.

- CCS Newsletter January 2015 (PDF)

December 2014

- Work has started on the RAPC 056 Verifier.
- The distorted covers of the RAPC 705 console have been straightened.
- Rear covers have been made for the 024 and 056.

November 2014

- The RAPC 024 card punch has been restored to working order.
- Home made desktops produced and fitted to 024 and 056.
- The museum has loaned a number of artefacts to the Bristol office, where new arrivals Cloudant are based.
- We have heard that some early punch card equipment may be available from the IBM office in Lyngby, Denmark. We are exploring the possibility of shipping these to Hursley.

- CCS Newsletter November 2014 (PDF)

October 2014

- Work continues to try and set up a working AS/400 and to obtain a copy of CICS/400 for demonstration.
- We now have the capability of transferring video tapes directly to PC from a combination of different VCR formats.
- One of the CCS meeting attendees has borrowed a couple of video reel tapes to see if he can find a facility to view and transfer the collection we have in the museum.
- Donations this month include a Proprinter I and a BBC micro.

September 2014

- Computer Conservation Society visit to Hursley. 42 members attended, presentations on the museum, Hursley site and CICS with guided tour of the museum.

August 2014

- Royal Army Pay Corps hardware delivered and put on display:
   - 705 Console
   - 727 Tape Drive
   - 024 Card Punch & 056 Card Verifier
   - 3350 DASD

- CCS Newsletter August 2014 (PDF)

July 2014

- Donation of IBM-PC & PC-XT
- Visit by iMeta personnel to museum
- Perspex cover fitted to top of 1052
- Appeal sent out to retiree community for CCS project involving ST506

June 2014

- Rob Lamb & Scott Couper given a tour of the museum.
- Meeting with EBC management - introduction to possible future changes to the museum.
- MQSeries working on one machine, plans to install on a second platform to allow demonstrations.
- Continued attempts at obtaining a copy of CICS/400 so far unsuccessful.
- Received a 70s US rotary phone.
- Retiree Newsletter June 2014 (Download PDF).

May 2014

- Visit from NATS employee who has a 360/65 rescued when it was discontinued. He plans to restore it when he retires.
- Warehouse find - a warehouse has been discovered in the US containing a large number of S/360 and S/370 hardware, including a Model 40. We are attempting to acquire this for Hursley.
- ET95 still not working - awaiting replacement capacitors.
- Artefacts loaned to Barclays for their Mainframe 50th event.

April 2014

- Selectric Composer purchased on eBay for 99p.
- Faulty power supply identified on ET95, colleague Lukas Tschudi in Switzerland has kindly stripped parts from one he has and sent across.
- 1052 keyboardless printer donated.
- Work continues on several AS/400s.
- S/360 50th anniversary marked with small exhibition and new web site page.
- CCS Newsletter April 2014 (PDF)

March 2014

- Telephone handset received from Amberley Museum for display with acoustic coupler.
- Newsletter Feb / March 2014 (Download PDF).

January - February 2014

- Two Selectric Electronic Typewriters donated, one with a 5.1/4" external diskette drive (ET95), together with a large selection of golf balls.
- PC-XT donated
- 082 card sorter offered following closure of Buchan House in Edinburgh. Transport to Hursley is yet to be arranged.
- Section of raised floor put on display in CE Room.
- Terry Muldoon's "100 Years of IBM" published in CCS newsletter 'Resurrection.'

December 2013 - Two visits made to the closed Weybridge office, from where further artefacts were added to the collection
- PAT testing done on a number of PC & PS/2 exhibits
- Additional lighting added in CE Room.
- Privately owned AS/400 donated to the museum.
- The museum was invited to join the Computer Conservation Society as a Project Group. We have accepted the invitation.
November 2013

- Many artefacts removed from Normandy House, Basingstoke by curators
- Visit to DP Machine Room resulting in donations of recently decommissioned units
- Photos section of web site reorganised, many new pictures added of IBM hardware & locations

September / October 2013

- Continued cataloguing of paper archive
- Developing token ring display
- 6 volunteers arrived to assist part time
- New storage area filling rapidly

July - August 2013

- Two AS/400 iSeries loaned to the museum by Terry Muldoon
- Work started on developing a CICS display
- Progress cataloguing paper archive
- New storage area allocated in HLG
- More donations
- Newsletter September 2013 (Download PDF)

May - June 2013

- The new display area is completed and has been officially opened
- The museum has acquired a PC-AT after much searching
- Further donations including hardware, tools and some Projacs software outputs used by BAE during the development of Concorde
- Newsletter June 2013 (Download PDF)

April 2013

- Steady progress on preparation of new display area
- PS/2 model 55 received from CCH, together with a PS/2 model 30
- Further donations have arrived including PS/2 model 90, PC Jr, 300PL, PS/2 model 80, 4019 laser printer

March 2013 - Further rooms in the old Human Factors suite handed over and in the process of being prepared for new exhibitions
February 2013 - 1052 Selectric refurb completed, perspex case made and simple electronics panel to drive it. See it here: http://youtu.be/YfYTC0YWwZk
- More rooms available for display behind HLG19 - exhibits will be built in the coming weeks
- The Centre for Computing History has offered us a PS/2 model 55
- Newsletter February 2013 (Download PDF)
January 2013 - Meeting held with Computer Conservation Society and National Museum of Computing (Bletchley) - agreed areas of cooperation - Bletchley to donate a PC-AT and potentially some mid-range systems
- Commenced building a definitive list of all products developed at Hursley
December 2012 Hursley Park videos submitted to YouTube and added to web site menu under "Movies"
Very early IBM-PC donated - 115 volt / 2 diskette drives
Two faulty 'luggables' brought back to life
September - November 2012 3174 Controller and 3268 Printer retrieved from A block.
Racking from the machine room has become available. It will be retrieved over a period of time and allow the museum to expand the number of items on display in the same floor area.
Further donations include a fully working PS/1, a ProPrinter, more ThinkPads and CE documentation.
IBM-PC memory problem has been fixed.
Newsletter September 2012 (Download PDF)
July / August 2012 More donations have been received, including an Aptiva, PC software and CE tools.
A number of ThinkPads and two 'luggables' have been received from Greenock. Also from Greenock the two stone castings originally displayed in their reception area, one with the bust of Thomas Watson.
June 2012 A number of donations have been received, including a PC-XT, PS/1, Thinkpads and an IBM branded pen plotter.
Newsletter June 2012 (Download PDF)
Some items including documentation and a wooden model have been received from the Royal Army Pay Corps in advance of their 705 coming to Hursley on loan.
May 2012 Most hardware items on display now added to the database
List hardware now includes serial number where known and mini-thumbnail
April 2012 Web site first pass completed and out for review
New sections added under the Home Page menu
Feb / March 2012 Newsletter Feb 2012 (Download PDF)