Museum history

Founders

Jeremy Holt – Chairman

Jeremy, now retired, was a Partner at Clark Holt, Commercial Solicitors specialising in computer law. He has written and lectured widely on legal aspects of computing and is regarded as one of the country’s leading experts in this field.

Simon Webb – Curator from 2003 – 2019

Simon was an independent IT consultant specialising in hand held data collection systems. His passion is for vintage computers from the 70s/80s. He lives and works in Swindon producing handcrafted fine writing instruments and jewellery.

The Beginning in Swindon

The first suggestion for a computer museum in Swindon was put forward by Jeremy Holt in 1989 and received encouragement from local computer companies during the next decade.

However, it was only in January 2000 that serious progress was made with the establishment of a Steering Committee and a company limited by guarantee. The advent of the University of Bath and the development of the Oakfield Campus provided a unique opportunity for the proposed museum to be co-located on the Campus. Two members of the Steering Committee were from the University.

When the University left Swindon, the Museum went into storage before moving to its current location at Theatre Square in 2009.