Hosted by the University of Plymouth

  The Team

Paul Haskell-Dowland

  More about Paul!

Designs and maintains the website, bids for retro items on eBay (some of which occasionally work when they turn up), and generally gets lumbered with assembling display cabinets while others helpfully watch!

Steven Furnell

  More about Steve!

Retro computing enthusiast, and owner of many of the items in the archive. Motivated by collecting all the things he couldn’t have when they were new. Seems oddly more informed about this stuff than about current technology!

Bogdan Ghita

  More about Bogdan!

Photographer, thanks to whom you can browse many of the items in full detail (with high resolution beating even PMODE 4 on a Dragon 32, and more colours than HAM mode on an Amiga 1000!). He even cleaned the dust off (some of) them before taking the pictures.

Ismini Vasileiou

  More about Ismini!

Padawan RetroGirl (with a t-shirt to prove it!). Helps with staging retro events, but claims that she is too young to remember any of the items. Complains that Steve ought to dust the display cabinets occasionally.

John Welsh

Electronics wizard, repairs things that break and things that Paul bought on eBay that were broken in the first place!


This archive and website would not be possible without the support and assistance of a number of individuals/organisations. We would like to say a big 'thank-you' to all our donors for their kind loans/donations to our archive - David Antwis, Shirley Atkinson, Tony Belpaeme, Geoff Bouch, Bob Bray, Guido Bugmann, Nathan Clarke, Pip Darby, Paul Dowland, Steven Furnell, Bogdan Ghita, Simone Haskell-Dowland, Ram Herkanaidu, David Jenkins, Peter Lewis, Mike Phillips, Mike Punt, Brian Spoor, Veslemoy Sullivan and The Colossus Rebuild Project at Bletchley Park. NB some of our donors ask to remain anonymous.

  Visit us

Visit us

Our permanent display is located in the Portland Square building at the University of Plymouth. You are welcome to pop in and look at the exhibits in the display cabinets if you are passing, during normal university opening hours. We only have a subset of the exhibits on display at any time, showing (typically) around 250 items.

To help in planning your visit, maps can be found on the University of Plymouth website.

  Contact us

You are welcome to contact us by email. Please direct all queries to our curators.

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