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Shot in the Arm for Cambridge computing museum

Mike Muller of Arm Photo: The Centre for Computing History

A Cambridge Museum dedicated to the history of computing is celebrating after receiving a major funding boost.

The Centre for Computing History (CCH) announced it had been given £1m from Mike Muller, Chief Technology Officer and one of the founders of Cambridge-headquartered technology leader, Arm.

The cash will allow the museum to buy its premises in the city.

"I have been involved in the Centre for Computing History for years, and am consistently impressed by how imaginative and ambitious the team is in their mission is to tell the story of one of the world’s most important inventions - the computer. I hope this investment will help the museum to continue on its trajectory and urge others in the industry to support it – the preservation of this history plays a key role in inspiring the next generation of tech talent.”

– Mike Muller, CTO, Arm
The donation safeguards the museum Credit: CCH

The museum said the donation provides a permanent home for over 38,000 historically significant artefacts covering computers, software, games consoles and games, documentation, peripherals, books, brochures and more.

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"This incredible donation is transformative for us. Our vast collection now has a permanent home, providing long term security for the collection. It allows us to concentrate our efforts on developing what we can offer to visitors and students, such as our increasingly popular education programme

"There is a fantastic team of staff and volunteers who make the museum something unique. We do it because we believe in it and we are deeply grateful to Mike for recognising our efforts and believing in the project along with us."

– Jason Fitzpatrick, CEO, The Centre for Computing History.

In the last year the museum has had over 3,000 students visit and interact with the collection through computing history tours and microprocessor demonstrations using the record-breaking ‘MegaProcessor’.

CCH recently received accredited museum status from Arts Council England and was awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to preserve items and documentation relating to the story of the LEO computer.