BBC Micro creators reunion tonight at London Science Museum

The London Science Museum will host a reunion for the creators of the beloved BBC Micro at an event tonight. The BBC Micro was a landmark in the evolution of the PC, a public-service computer invented to achieve national computer literacy:

"Acorn and the BBC were very surprised at the impact it had and the interest in it as a piece of hardware," said Dr Blyth, curator of computing and information at the Science Museum.

More than 1.5 million BBC computers were eventually sold; the BBC and Acorn had predicted they would sell 12,000.

"It was a very ambitious project. At the heart of it was education and bettering Britain; and helping us to understand what the computer could do and what you could with a computer."

She added: "I believe the history of the BBC Micro is really a fundamental one to understanding where we are today and explaining the British computer industry and our culture of computing that we have today.

Link to BBC article, Link to event details

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(Image: BBC Micro, a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike photo from Lord Biro's Flickr stream)