To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes and ten years since the official opening of The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park, any MK family can have half-price entry to the museum throughout 2017.
Any family (up to two adults and three children under 16) living in the MK postcode area and bringing proof of residency, such as a utility bill, will have a 50% reduction on the family ticket - £10 instead of £20.
Established as a new town in 1967 when the existence of the Colossus computers was still secret, Milton Keynes now has a population of more than one quarter of a million. As the 1944 home of Colossus, the town has seen has seen the incredible growth of the digital world and, since November 2007, has been home to a world-class museum that tells the story of those changes with working computers from every decade of computing.
Margaret Sale, a trustee of The National Museum of Computing, said: “We want to celebrate these joint anniversaries – in January fifty years of Milton Keynes and in November ten years of our Museum - with families in Milton Keynes. We invite every family to take advantage of the offer to see a world-class museum starting with the magnificent working rebuild of the wartime, code-breaking Colossus, a computer that heralded in our digital world.”
About The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.
The Museum runs a highly successful Learning Programme for schools and colleges and promotes introductions to computer coding amongst young people to inspire the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.
Sponsors of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Science and Innovation Centre, Bloomberg, CreateOnline, Ceravision, Fujitsu, InsightSoftware.com, Ocado Technology, FUZE, 4Links, Google UK, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, and BCS.
Outside the long school holidays, the whole Museum is open to the public from 12 noon - 5pm on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, spring and summer Bank Holidays and during long school holidays. The Colossus and Tunny galleries are open daily. Public and private Guided Tours are available and bookable online – see the website or the iPhone app for details. Educational and corporate group visits are available by prior arrangement.
For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+. A TNMOC iPhone App is also available from the iPhone App Store.