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IBM Hursley Museum

The museum at IBM Hursley Park exists to help preserve IBM's historical heritage. The museum contains artefacts from the Hursley Park location as well as hardware from the company's beginnings through to many of the products developed at Hursley over the years. Staff on-site can visit the museum at any time. Customer groups are often shown around the Museum during visits to the Executive Briefing Centre but due to its location in the IBM development laboratory the Museum is not open to the general public. However visits by organised groups can be, and are, arranged. Recent visitors have included several branches of the University of the Third Age (U3A), Chichester College,OGLE, the Computer Conservation Society and the National Museum of Computing (Bletchley Park). Applications for such visits should be made to uklabscomms@uk.ibm.com.

Hursley's Museum is located in several rooms on the lower ground floor of Hursley House. From time to time there are also various displays in the Hursley House library. There is also a display area in the Bristol Office, where Cloudant staff are based, and in Manchester.

416 Tabulator from Oslo

Improved Museum Rooms

By March 2018, most of the display rooms have been changed significantly. Many of the artefacts received from IBM Norway have been put straight out on display. The Origins of IBM displays are now spread over two rooms, one covering Punch Card technology, the other time clocks, recorders and pre-IBM computing. The Hursley room now has a System/370 console, reflecting Hursley's participation in the development of that series.The PC room has been completely rearranged, as has the room once containing ThinkPads and the Office Products room. Some larger items of Unit Record equipment fill the gaps.

Space Probe

In 2015 we acquired the IBMImp1 space probe. It is back in the museum after an outing to Las Vegas during summer 2016. Click here for more information.