Swindon, UK - 9th July 2012
The Museum of Computing in Swindon recently achieved full accreditation with the Arts Council England.
ACE’s Museum Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for all museums in the UK. To meet the requirements, the museum had to demonstrate that it complies with standards relating to how the museum is governed and managed, how it provides services and facilities for users of and visitors to the museum, and how it cares for and manages the collections.
The Accreditation award emphasises that the local community has a remarkable archive on their doorstep whilst local, national and international visitors have an excellent insight into the history of computing from the abacus to the most recent designs.
Curator Simon Webb said "This is exciting and rewarding news. Accreditation is the culmination of years of work by our volunteers to bring the museum up to professional standards, and to ensure that we provide experiences for our visitors that are both enjoyable and educational.”
The museum is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays, and for group visits by arrangement.
The Museum of Computing was the first dedicated computer museum in the UK, opening in 2003. It is a non-for-profit Company limited by guarantee and is run entirely by volunteers. The museum has a collection of over 3000 objects related to the history of computing and holds regular exhibitions and events.
The museum is in Swindon town centre at 6-7 Theatre Square, Swindon SN1 1QN, close to the new Central Library.
Opening times are: Fridays from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays from 9.30am to 5 pm. There is a classroom for talks, childrens computer club, adult computer classes, gaming events and the Swindon Hackspace. The museum welcomes school parties and group visits by appointment.
The museum is sponsored by the following organisations:
Clark Holt Commercial Solicitors ( www.clarkholt.com)
PC Teach ( www.pc-teach.co.uk)
Intel UK ( www.intel.com)
Silent-G Design ( www.silent-g.co.uk)
Alpha Galileo ( www.alphagalileo.org)
Dennis's Removals and Storage ( www.dennissremovals.co.uk)
Shepherd Consulting ( www.shepherdconsulting.co.uk)
Space Contained ( www.spacecontained.com)
The museum is supported by the following organisations:
Wiltshire Branch of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT ( www.@wiltshirebcs.org)