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Computer Musea Network (CoMuN)

In May 2018 we proposed to call an International Conference of all Computer Museums worldwide. The origin of most Computer Museums is quite recent as is the history of computers in general.

There are about 50 Computer Museums (see attached list). The majority of them started after the year 2000, they are mostly located in Europe (35) and North-America (14).

Bringing together people in charge or representatives from all these museums could open the way to a dynamism and a synergetic action leading to a permanent link possibly named “Computer Museums Network” (CoMuN).

Defining the term computer museum has to be a subject of discussion. There are many convergent or complementary institutions keeping track of the evolution of computing. Some museums are virtual, others specialise in retro-gaming or retro-computing. Technological museums or schools have a computing department while universities teaching computer science have objects on display. Even companies in the electronics or computing business may have something on show.

Possible subjects(to name just a few) for discussion at such a conference could be: specificity of a computer museum, conservation of hardware, software, data and documentation, electronic memory in the long term, pedagogical aspects of a computer museum, different audiences (kids, students, adults, team building, old people, etc). See the list  (translation from Cinde Moya of the Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle).

The Conference could be held at Namur University (and NAM-IP Computer Museum) on August 29-30 and September 1st, 2021.

 

Légende:

M : email address – T : Telephone – W : website address
C: Contact, xx : personal contact – H: Opening hours, conditions

Continent/Country Name Location Date M T W C H
Asia Pacific                
South Korea Nexon Computer Museum Jeju-si, Jejudo  2013  x x x x x
Australia Monash Museum of Computing History  Melbourne, Victoria  2000  x   x x x
Europe                
Belgium NAM-IP Namur 2014 x x x xx x
Germany Arithmeum Bonn 2012 x x x xx x
Germany Heinz-Nixdorf MuseumsForum  Padderborn    x x x x x
Germany Oldenburger Computer Museum  Oldenburg  2009  x x x x x
Germany Deutches Museum  München    x x x x x
Germany  Computer Museum der Fachhochschule Kiel  Kiel  2011 x x x x x
Germany  ZCOM, Konrad Zuse Museum  Hoyerswerda  2017 x x x xx x
Ireland Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland  Galway    x x   x x
Italy FWTUnesco Computer Museum  Padova  x x x    
Italy  All about Apple Museum  Savona  2005 x x x   x
Italy Museo Tecnologicamente  Ivrea  2005 x x x x x
Netherlands Apple Museum Nederland  Westerbork  2012  x x x x x
Netherlands Computer Museum Universiteit Amsterdam  Amsterdam  1991  x   x x  
Netherlands Home Computer Museum  Helmond  2012    x x x x
Netherlands  Tehuis voor Bejaard Computers (privé)      x     x  
Netherlands Het Bonami spelComputer Museum  Zwolle  2007  x   x x x
Poland

Museum Gry i Komputrey (jeux)

Wroclaw       x    
Poland Museum Historii Komputerow i Informatyki  Katowice  2012      x x  
Russia Antimuseum of Computers and Games  Yekaterinburg  2013  x x x    
Spain Computer Museum Garcia Satermases (MIGS), Complutense University  Madrid  2003  x x x x  
Spain Museum of Informatics, Polytechnic University of Valencia  Valencia  2001  x x x    
Spain

Museu de la Facultat d'Informatica de Barcelona

Barcelona 2007 x x      
Switzerland Musée Bolo Lausane 2002 x x x x x
Switzerland Enter-Museum Solothurn 2011 x x x x  
Ukraina Sotfware and Computer Museum Karklhif 2018 x x x xx x
U.K. The National Museum of Computing  Bletchley Park  2007 x x x xx x
U.K. The Center for Computing History Cambridge 2013 x x x x x
U.K. Retro Computing Museum Leicester   x x x   x
U.K. Science Museum London   x x x   x
U.K. National Archive for the History of Computing, University of Manchester  Manchester    x x x   x
U.K. Museum of Computing Swindon 2003 x x x x
U.K. The Micro Museum Ramsgate x x x x
U.K. IBM Hursley Museum Winchester   x x x xx  
U.K. Computer Conservation Society   1989 x x x xx  
Noth America                
Canada Personnal Computer Museum  Brantford  closed  x x x    
Canada York University Computer Museum  Toronto    x   x    
Canada  Nova Scotia First Museum (Museum of Industry) Annapolis Royal  Stellarton (NS)    x x x   x
U.S.A. Computer History Museum  Mountain View (CA)  2011  x x x xx x
U.S.A. Digibarn Computer Museum  Boulder Creek (CA)        x    
U.S.A. The Tech Museum of Innovation San Jose (CA) 1998 x x x   x
U.S.A. Intel Museum Santa Clara (CA)   x x x xx x
U.S.A.

The Computer Museum of America

Roswell (GA) 2019 x x x    
U.S.A. American Computer and Robotics Museum   Bozeman (MT)  1990  x x x xx x
U.S.A.

Rhode Island Computer Museum

North Kingstown (RI)   x x x xx  
U.S.A. InfoAge Science and History Center  Wall (NJ)    x x x xx x
U.S.A. Living Computer Museum+Labs Seattle (WA) 2012 x x x xx x
U.S.A. University of Virginia Computer Museumnbsp; Powhatan (VA)    x x x x  
U.S.A. Museum of Computer Culture (San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology)  Austin (TX)    x x x x  
U.S.A. The Museum of Hewlett & Packard Calculators             

 

Conférence Internationale des Musées d’Informatique
(Namur, 30-31 août-1er septembre 2021)
A list of topics that could be discussed at this conference, most of which are of an everyday concern at LCM+L

• History of computer museums

• Associations for the preservation of information traces

• Specific characteristics of the museographic domain of computer science

• Contents of a computer museum

• The “steps” of calculating and informing machines (old and older)

• History of computer applications

• History and conservation of operating systems

• History and conservation of computer languages

• History and conservation of computer equipment

• History and conservation of numerical data

• Geek clubs and others (retro-programming, retro-gaming, and others)

• The pedagogies of the digital and the role of computer museums in this pedagogy

• Rights related to the use of old machines and software

• Educational workshops for different ages or levels of training

• Virtual museums of computing

• Inventories and search engines

• Still and moving images of the world of computers and other digital artifacts (including cinema); Inventory of the existent and needs

• Links or synergies between computer museums and universities or high schools

• Specialized workshops for the reconstruction and/or simulation of historical materials and software

• Computer museums and digital art (or art in general)

• Bibliography of the domain

• Management of the documentation of the domain

• Public support programs at computer museums

• Financial and economic management of computer museums

• Profiles of incorporating staff for the management of computer museums

• Temporary exhibitions (design, inventory of what exists and what is in progress or planned, possible exchanges)

• Catalogs of museums, exhibitions, audio-guides, tablets, QR-codes, and other visitor’s aids

• Technical resources: lighting, cleaning, projections, PMR, storage, showcases, object protection, quality control (temperature, humidity, and other)

 

R.-Ferdinand Poswick

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