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AntéMémoire opens the first independent, permanent Computer Museum in Europe

After many months of preparation, the AntéMémoire project has come to life with the opening of the first permanent European exhibition dedicated to computing. The exhibition faithfully rebuilds and highlights the development of new technology over a 50 year period, from 1940 to 1990.

The AntéMémoire project, headed by Philippe Nieuwbourg, President of the association and a specialist in information technology, is based in the business area of 'Grande Arche of La Défense' in Paris, France.

This inaugural exhibition marks a strategic turning point in the birth of the first independent, permanent Computer Museum entirely dedicated to computing, telecommunications, and the development of the computing profession in Europe. The Museum is supported by a large network of professional organizations, associations, and high-tech businesses.

Launched in 2003, the AntéMémoire project’s primary objective is to educate today’s generation - and generations to come - about the evolution of information technology, starting at the beginning of the 20th century up until the present day, and to serve as a point of reflection upon future technologies.

The creation of a permanent Computer Museum in Europe is crucial to an understanding of the use of information technology. AntéMémoire is consulting and calling upon all national and locally elected officials, representatives of businesses and professional organizations in France, to support the continuing development of this museum, and to select the cities that might ultimately host a touring exhibiton from the Computer Museum around France.

“For many among us, our careers have been closely tied to the development of information technology. Discovered over the course of our studies, computers have step-by-step taken on an essential role in our professional growth. Directly or indirectly, millions of people in Europe have built careers out of IT: from programmers, engineers, teachers and consultants, to editors, journalists, graphic artists and salespeople. Over one or two generations, women and men have not only become users, but also creators of current – and future – technologies,” said Philippe Nieuwbourg, President of the AntéMémoire association.

“In order to dream about the technology of tomorrow, we have to understand today’s technology. And to understand this progress, we have to know its history and its principal stages of development. This is the objective that AntéMémoire has set for itself: to collect and preserve the memory of the history of information technology, put it into perspective in relation to today’s users, and explain these steps, in order to pass on this knowledge to future generations,” added Nieuwbourg.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.