Museum of Computing sets up home in Swindon

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The country's first museum dedicated to computing has found a new home, a year after finding itself homeless.

The Museum of Computing was forced to temporarily close last year, but it has now been give a three-year lease on a building in the heart of Swindon.

The newly-housed museum will open its doors to visitors in July.

"Our last venue in the University of Bath was very difficult to get to without a car. The Council's new offer puts the Museum in the heart of the town in a prominent place near bus routes," said Jeremy Holt, in a statement. "It will be good for the town because the collection of 2,500 items demonstrating Britain's role in the advances of technology has attracted worldwide interest."

"We attract 2,000 visitors a year from over forty different countries. Our new home means we can attract many more local visitors," he said.

He added: "All technological breakthroughs are only possible because of what has gone before and we'd like to hear from technology related groups who need a place to meet as we want the Museum to be a resource for the local community."

The museum is sponsored by Intel, whose UK home is in Swindon, as well as IT PR firm Blue Click PR.

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

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