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Cataloguing status: Almost all hardware and customer engineering items on display, about half of the software and most of the hard copy paper archive have been catalogued. Most video tapes catalogued, start has been made on photographic archive.
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Hursley Museum

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.

Hursley Products

Improved Museum Rooms

In December 2015 the museum received some glass display cabinets with LED lighting. The Hursley Products room was completely revamped and some additional artefacts put on display. Other changes include moving the typwriters onto 2 level tables, creating room for AS/400.

Panoramic Tour of The Museum

There are now 360 degree panoramic views of most of the museum here. Some of the images are also available on Google maps, where they are hosted.

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.

Greenock Time Capsule

When the Greenock plant opened in 1954, a time capsule was buried in a wall in reception. This is a lead box containing Scottish newspapers of the day, opening event procedings, hardware manuals and other artefacts. With the closure of the plant, the time capsule has been retrieved and sent to Hursley for safe keeping. It is now stored, together with a number of binders with old IBM newspapers, in the EBC's safe. There's a photo of the capsule here.