Bletchley computer museum grabs magazine archive

Computer Weekly, one of those dead-tree 'magazine' things the elderly among you may remember, has donated its entire 44-year archive to The National Museum of Computing.

The archive, which was announced by TNMOC today, gives researchers visiting the Museum access to 104 custom-bound volumes spanning back to the early days of computing in 1966 when the magazine first launched.

Kevin Murrell, trustee and director of the Museum, stated that "these beautifully bound copies of Computer Weekly and many associated images are a fascinating resource in our developing archive and we are very grateful to Computer Weekly for its contribution," before highlighting a particular gem - an job advert for a programmer, who must be male and between 23 and 28 years old, for an annual salary of... £735.

The Museum isn't content just to let the paper copies crumble to dust, however - it has agreed a deal with the publisher which will see the back issues digitised and made available to all on the Museum's website, although the process will take time to complete.

Bryan Glick, editor in chief at Computer Weekly, stated that the donated back catalogue "documents how technology moved from a fledgling, specialised sector to the powerhouse of economic growth it is today – a unique record of the development of the most exciting and fast-changing market in the world."

Sadly, the fragile nature of the hard-copy materials involved means that general visitors and other sticky-fongered urchins will not be unable to peruse the archives - although researchers wishing to gain access are asked to contact the Museum through the website and explain "the nature and purpose of their work."