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15 July, 2019 - 14:04 By Tony Quested

Arm CTO Muller pays £1m so Cambridge Computing Centre can buy HQ

Philanthropic entrepreneur Mike Muller, chief technology officer and a co-founder of super chip architect Arm, has donated £1 million to enable The Centre for Computing History to buy its Cambridge UK HQ.

The business guru’s donation provides a permanent home for over 38,000 historically significant artefacts covering computers, software, games consoles and games, documentation, peripherals, books, brochures and more.

Jason Fitzpatrick, CEO for The Centre for Computing History, said: “This incredible donation is transformative for us. Our vast collection now has a permanent home, providing long term security for the collection.

“It allows us to concentrate our efforts on developing what we can offer to visitors and students, such as our increasingly popular education programme. There is a fantastic team of staff and volunteers who make the museum something unique. We do it because we believe in it and we are deeply grateful to Mike for recognising our efforts and believing in the project along with us.”

Muller said: “I have been involved in the Centre for Computing History for years and am consistently impressed by how imaginative and ambitious the team is in their mission to tell the story of one of the world’s most important inventions - the computer. I hope this investment will help the museum to continue on its trajectory and urge others in the industry to support it – the preservation of this history plays a key role in inspiring the next generation of tech talent.”

Through interactive displays and exhibitions, a schools programme, learning events and workshops and its vast collection, the Centre for Computing History helps people to understand how technology has shaped the modern world and revolutionised the way we live, work and play. In the last year the museum has had over 3,000 students visit and interact with the collection through computing history tours and microprocessor demonstrations using the record-breaking MegaProcessor.

CCH recently received accredited museum status from Arts Council England and was awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to preserve items and documentation relating to the story of the LEO computer.

This donation builds on the more than £2m Mike Muller has already donated to other charities including the funds to purchase 184 and 186 Gywdir Street Cambridge enabling the creation of the David Parr House, which boasts an arts & crafts worker’s home.

 

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