A rare opportunity to see early Open University computers

There’s going to be a new display on early technology to mark the 50th anniversary of The Open University (OU) at The National Museum of Computing on Bletchley Park.

Here’s a link to a launch talk on the display which will feature six early OU machines like the Logic Tutor, MICRO 1, HEKTOR, OPUS and DESMOND.

Here’s an image of the Logic Tutor taken from the link:

Some information on the talk from the link:

Launch talk at 2 pm on Friday, 27 September 2019
Twenty years of teaching computing and microelectronics at the Open University

John Naughton
Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology, Open University, and journalist at The Observer
Tickets (free as part of museum entry)


Excellent. I’ve long wanted to see a HEKTOR but as they were shipped to (distance-learning) students and then collected back, there are not many in the wild.

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