The Witch gets a reboot

The world’s oldest original working digital computer is going on display at The National Museum of Computing in Buckinghamshire.

The Witch, as the machine is known, has been restored to clattering and flashing life in a three-year effort. In its heyday in the 1950s the machine was the workhorse of the UK’s atomic energy research programme. A happy accident led to its discovery in a municipal storeroom where it had languished for 15 years.

The machine will make its official public debut at a special ceremony at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) in Bletchley Park on 20 November. Attending the unveiling will be some of its creators as well as staff that used it and students who cut their programming teeth on the machine. Via Two-tonne Witch computer gets a reboot.

BTW if you’re wondering why it’s called the Witch – it stands for Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computing from Harwell – Deskarati

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