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To mark the BBC’s 100th anniversary, TNMOC (The National Museum of Computing) is presenting an exhibition called ‘BBC Through The Decades’, showcasing the analog and digital technologies the BBC has used since its inception.

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Opening this month in a pop-up gallery at TNMOC and running until 20 November, the exhibition will explore how the BBC began broadcasting in 1922, how the first television broadcasts began in 1932, and how the first television broadcasts began in 1967. Let’s see how the transition to color went. The move to his website in 1997 and the switch to digital starting in 2007.

The purpose of this exhibit is to recognize the contribution the BBC has made to computing and technology over its 100-year history. One of the most important of its innovations was his Ceefax, launched in 1974, the world’s first teletext facility and the launch of an interactive television service. TNMOC has a special version as a tribute to the original.


The BBC Domesday Project, a landmark study of Britain in the 1980s, is also a highlight. In this project, Domesday commemorated his 900th anniversary of his book by asking the public to help compile a digital snapshot of his place of residence. TNMOC has the original machine still using his original LaserDisc.

As far as computing goes, the star of the show is the BBC Micro. Again, the BBC embarked on a computer literacy project, and not only a series of TV series, computer programAs well as being involved in the creation and marketing of the BBC branded hardware, the BBC Micro. The BBC Micro belonged to a special era, the age of home computers, and held a special place. With BBC support and government subsidies, it reached about 80% of UK schools, and by the mid-1980s made up his 85% of UK school computers. 2021 marks his 35th anniversary. For more on that story, see the BBC Micro Retrospective.

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There are about 80 of these machines in the museum, and visitors can experience the retro game of retro games.

My own claim to fame on the BBC Micro is co-author of 21 Games for the BBC Micro.

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The exhibition has been open since 1st October, but on Saturday 15th October, former BBC Technology Correspondent and TNMOC Honorary Fellow Rory Cellan-Jones will join us to share his personal BBC journey. Data for the launch event. His live Q&A will be live streamed for visual attendees.

Children are free to attend the event. The afternoon event will include his Micro:bit coding workshop titled Musical Globe. The Micro:bit was given away to its own Educational Foundation, but the idea of ​​creating a tiny computer and distributing it to about a million students in her 7th grade around age 11 came from the BBC. I was.


micro:bit has become V2. It is now shipping worldwide and is suitable for prototyping IoT projects. So it’s worth celebrating that legacy at TNMOC, but it’s more than a museum piece, the BBC Micro, now over 40, has a dedicated community of programmers, with locations both inside and outside TNMOC.

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For more information

BBC Centennial Gallery

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