Tea shop computer pioneers

Managers of Lyon's Tea Shop who worked on the world's first computer to be used at work are being 'hunted' by the capital's Science Museum to form part of a £15.6 million multi-media display celebrating the 'Information Age'.

The tea shop managers who played crucial part in computer revolution

Lyons Manager Alice Eleanor Bacon was one of the first to use a computer in the workplace Credit: Peter Bird

Managers of Lyon's Tea Shop who worked on the world's first computer to be used at work are being 'hunted' by the capital's Science Museum to form part of a £15.6 million multi-media display.

The display called Information Age will celebrate key developments in communication technologies over the past 200 years.

The Lyons Electronic Office (LEO I) was created by the J Lyons and Co catering company and used in Lyons tea shops in the 1950s, playing a crucial role in developing computers in the workplace.

The museum wants to celebrate this achievement with the memories of the tea shop managers who worked with LEO I.

The hunt for 1950's tea shop staff who pioneered computers at work

The search is on for tea shop staff who took part in a pioneering project that first brought computer technology into the workplace.

This is the world's first computer Lyons Electronic Office (LEO) and covered 5,000 sq ft Credit: Science Museum

Researchers at the Science Museum are trying to trace people who worked as managers in the Lyons Tea Houses during the 1950s when the firm introduced a basic form of computer.

The computer used was a 5,000 sq ft machine called The Lyons Electronic Office (LEO), the world's first.

It was introduced in 1951 and helped staff calculate how many cakes needed baking as well as tracking orders around the country.

Once the managers have been contacted museum staff want to include their experiences in a £15.6 million gallery called Information Age.

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