Stardust: Tales from the early days of British computing.
Professor Simon Lavington
Wed, 23 Oct 1919.00 - 20.30
£4 (£5 for non-members)
RESCHEDULED from 9th October
The talk will tell the story of the life and times of nine Ferranti computers launched into an unsuspecting market place between 1951 and 1957. This was a family of very early supercomputers, digital dinosaurs that lumbered from Manchester to Toronto, Amsterdam and Rome, consuming a diet of applications that ranged from atomic weapons to cotton spinning.
Above all, this is the story of the men and women who struggled to tame the dinosaurs and put their primitive powers to useful work. The talk will be embellished with rare photos and intriguing personal anecdotes.
Whilst the talk does give plenty of technical details, particularly about the Ferranti installation at GCHQ, the socio-economic and human backdrop always shines through.
Emeritus Professor Simon Lavington, M.Sc., Ph.D., FIEE, FBCS graduated from Manchester University in 1962 and joined the University’s computer design group. He became Professor of Computer Science at the University of Essex in 1986.
Rediscovering Cedric Morris, Artist & Plantsman
Thu, 24 Oct 1914.00 - 15.00
£4. Members may bring non-member guests to this event
Cedric Morris was in his time a highly acclaimed, commercially successful artist and our illustrated talk offers a glimpse into the world of this under-rated artist.
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Silbury Hill - Unplugged, with Afternoon Tea
Tue, 05 Nov 1915.00 - 16.00
£8. Members may bring non-member guests to this event
David Stainer and Scott Dolling play a lively mix of acoustic music at events and clubs throughout the region as well as an occasional foray into France and Belgium! They bring a selection of tunes and tales to the Institute, to be taken with afternoon tea.
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