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1984 ~ The BBC Computer


It seems almost impossible now to think of a time without computers, 
but in 1984 very few parents, let alone their children, had encountered them.

Towards the end of 1981 the BBC introduced a computer familiarisation 
programme.  BWI acquired its single, tape driven BBC 'B' 
on 2nd February 1984. A second arrived a month later and 
by the start of the autumn term there was a third.  
Here are two pictures from Class 6 (Miss Clarke's class).

It was to be several years before a disc drive was acquired - it frequently took 20-30 minutes to load a programme from tape, and there was no storage facility - 
a machine with a hard drive (a 'Winchester') was more than a decade away.




First uploaded: 7 April 2016
Last updated: 20 April 2016