Museum Education Work Supported by Haverhill Research Park
14th January 2013
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The Centre for Computing History has received a significant financial donation from Haverhill Research Park. This unexpected windfall coincides with the launch of the museum’s fundraising campaign in support of its relocation to Cambridge.

Nic Rumsey, development director of Carisbrooke Investments, the developer of the £100m research park situated at the western gateway to the town has taken a keen interest in the museum’s progress since its foundation in Haverhill in 2006.

Mr Rumsey said: "As a company involved in developing vision into reality, we are quick to admire grit and determination. Having witnessed the dedication of the team behind this initiative, we are delighted at its success.

"Cambridge with its superb track record of technological discovery and invention is one of the most important technology centres in Europe. The Cambridge locale, including Haverhill, embraces a large cluster of high-tech companies many of which have direct and indirect links with the University of Cambridge. For these reasons, despite its Haverhill roots, it is entirely fitting that the Centre for Computing History should be based in Cambridge.”

Speaking on behalf of the Centre, Jason Fitzpatrick stated: "We are deeply appreciative of Haverhill Research Park’s on-going generosity and belief in our endeavours. These funds will be used to support our educational outreach work.”

Nic Rumsey continued: "Personal computers have had an extraordinary influence on the way we live and the way we view the world. Let’s face it, early pioneers of computer technology like Steve Jobs and Tim Berners-Lee literally invented the 21st century! We applaud the museum’s lead in taking these inspirational stories out to schools across the country.”

The museum has attracted sponsorship from several high profile Cambridge tech businesses including super-chip designer ARM Holdings, Microsoft Research and Red Gate Software.

Photo L to R: Jason Fitzpatrick – Centre for Computing History with Nic Rumsey - Haverhill Research Park

Information about the photograph: The photograph references Apple’s Get a Mac advertising campaign that ran from 2006 to 2009. Against a minimalist all-white background, a man dressed in casual clothes introduces himself as a Mac ("Hello, I'm a Mac."), while a man in a more formal suit-and-tie combination introduces himself as a Windows personal computer ("And I'm a PC."). In each cameo exchange the capabilities and qualities of Mac and PC are compared; ultimately PC is characterized as square and Mac as cool. The British campaign starred comedic duo Robert Webb as Mac and David Mitchell as PC.

For more information about the computer museum educational outreach work follow this link : Computer Museum School Visits

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