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The Legacy of the BBC Microcomputer: effecting change in the UK’s cultures of computing

by Richard Millwood published May 24, 2012 12:00 AM, last modified Jul 17, 2015 04:19 PM
The impact on the UK of the BBC's Microcomputer from 1982 is explained in this report made 30 years after its introduction.

This timely report, sponsored by Nesta, has been published, written by Dr Tilly Blyth, Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum. It very effectively tells the story of one of the most important developments in public service at the beginning of the modern microcomputer revolution. The BBC Computer Literacy Project was the development, linked with the project's commissioned computer developed by Acorn - the BBC Micro. Its effect on society is spelled out, based on desk research, survey analysis and interviews. The report makes the link between past and future, asking the question of impact and effect and thus how we can learn from this to develop our culture and our economy. it also makes recommendations on how to revive the spirit of the original project in the modern context.