Calling all 80s kids - a museum in Milton Keynes is going to help you relive your youth

Do you remember the days when computers invaded our homes in the 1980s?

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 11:43 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 3:24 pm

If the answer is yes, you are going to love the pop-up display being featured at The National Computer Museum.

From Sinclair ZX80s through ZX Spectrums to the BBC micro, visitors of a certain age can relive memories of the brave new world with hands-on access to many of the original machines.

Video clips will also give reminders of the landmark BBC computer literacy series that introduced so many of today’s computer programmers to the fast-developing world of computing.

The ZX Spectrum

Paul Gent, one of the three volunteers at the museum who has curated the temporary exhibition, said: “I was one of those 10-year-old children who in the early 1980s so badly wanted a ZX Spectrum for Christmas.

"That machine was a revelation – it brought colour screens to home computing along with exciting beeping noises and video games that looked like those we had previously seen only in amusement arcades. The pace of development was breathtaking – and so much of the technology was developed in Britain.”

David Allen, producer of the 1980s BBC Computer Literacy Series, said: “For nearly 10 years our series explained and reported on the computer revolution. We were in the right place at the right time and anticipated technology now taken for granted - from the mobile phone to robotics to artificial intelligence.”

The heyday of British home computing in the 1980s is at The National Museum of Computing on the Bletchley Park Estate until June 30. Located in Block H, it's open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.30am to 5pm.