Computing heritage at Manchester

The University of Manchester's importance to the history of computing cannot be overstated.

Archive photograph of researchers gathered around an early computer console

Alan Turing joined the Computing Machine Laboratory at the University in 1948, and remained here until his death in 1954, while the department of Computer Science was founded in 1964, one of the first in the country.

The University hosts the History of Computing Collection (formerly the UK National Archive for the History of Computing (NAHC)), part of our Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. The collection contains the records of the history of computer science at the University, as well as those of national computing bodies and commercial organisations.

Digital Humanities at Manchester builds on this remarkable cultural and technological heritage in our innovative collaborations between the computational sciences and humanities disciplines.