Shimmer Island Museum of Computing

I’ve been popping in and out of the very impressive Shimmer Island (created by Barry Spencer, Bromley College) for a couple of weeks now, and a couple of days ago briefly visited its History of Computing museum. Yesterday I came across the video, posted to YouTube on 16th July, giving an excellent introductory tour of the museum:

So today I returned to the museum. Interactive exhibits (e.g. ‘whisper’ commentaries, slide shows, one-click rezzing of a motherboard and of a processor chip) include the Altair, the Acorn, the Commodore PET, and the Sinclair ZX80. An impressive start.


Barry hopes that students will collaborate in creating further content for the museum. This seems to me exactly the kind of activity we should be doing in CISM: engaging and empowering students to generate peer-reviewed content will not only make the learning process so much more active but will also provide a richer learning environment for subsequent generations of students who will, in turn, themselves incrementally add to the resource.

A big thumbs-up to Shimmer Island History of Computing Museum!

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About Christopher Hutchison

Museologist, cognitive dissident, political grouch, curmudgeonly bibliophage, and all round jolly nice chap.
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