The ICT 1301 Resurrection Project.
Bringing Computing History back to Life
Flossie, is currently the oldest original 2nd Generation Electronic
Stored Program Computer in the UK and it is her
A Working Group of the Computer Conservation Society, Since March 2009
And Hosted at TNMOC since 10th Oct 2013, progress is shown below.
An Oldwuzzark Production
Greetings to all the little Acorns, however far away you may be.
December 2016 Edition.
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So what is News in this Edition!
Below is a simple progress indicator for visitors to assess the current state of the project at TNMOC.
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|Progress to plan ||- + Planned Activity + -||-: Date of Event :-
|System Available for public Viewing||* TBA *||-:-|
|System Demos Start||* TBA *||-:-|
|Mag Tape System Running||* TBA *||-:-|
|System CPU Running||* TBA *||-:-|
|System Fault Finding||* TBA *||-:-|
|System First Power Up||* TBA *||-:-|
|System re-installation at TNMOC||* TBA *||-:-|
|System moved to TNMOC||* TBA *||-:-|
|System asigned a space at TNMOC||* TBA *||-:-|
|Damage Repairs Started ||* TBA *||-:-|
|Damage assesment Started||* TBA *||-:-|
|Software Delivery Started|| 19_Apr_2015||-:-|
|Delivery to TNMOC Store||15_Oct_2013||Delivery Page|
|System Taken Away||25_Feb_2013||Rescue|
|System Switch Off||06_Dec_2012||Switch Off|
|Project Progress after 2012 above.|
See the rest of this site for the 2003 to
2013 project period.
Since the spring of 2003 when the project started, ( and even the
majority of 2002 whilst we planned what could be done ). The ict1301 project
was run at Buss Farm. This has now changed and the machine has moved to a new home, visit us often to find out the latest news now the machine has arrived.
It is with deep regret that these pages
carry the announcement of the passing of
Andy Keene early in October of 2016.!
Andy was in theory just a member of a group of students who undertook the formation
of a company called
Galdor ( the name is from a minor character in the Lord of the Rings )
However most people who met and
worked with Andy discovered very quickly that Andy was
no minor character at all.
John Sheane has provided a copy of a PDF from the pages of a very early publication of Prectical Computing
in 1978. Which pointed out that Galdor was into Computer Conservation and the repurposing of old
computers as early as 1968. The Computer conservation society was formed in 1989 so that makes the
Galdor group pioneers in Conservation at least twenty years earlier.
A PDF of the article which appeared in Practical Computing in Oct of 1978 has
been supplied by John Sheane covering some of the Galdor years. Thanks John !
Read the PDF here :-
The Galdor Years Story
My own first experience of the group who would become Galdor was in 1968 when I was dispatched by my
manager to discuss why London University was not going to pay ICL to remove their old ICT1301 Computer.
And was there any engineering services we could sell to the students., who had been successful in securing
the computer instead.
It soon became clear that the student group had all of the skills needed and a firm determination to succeed,
and every time I asked a loaded question about how Galdor would solve various technical questions, Andy lead
the answers with a considered solution. I was so impressed I reported back that although I had failed to find
any services we could sell, I may have found some potential new staff for the company. This was taken onboard
and I was asked to attend the decommisioning of the system at Senate house, to ensure that the test gear and
spare parts were not removed as well.
The weekend arrived and again I was impressed by the way the students just split into groups, photographed
everything before dismantling and effectively did a good archaeological job of the decommissioning. Which
showed that they stood a good chance of setting the machine up again. I did as I was told and stayed hands
off, on the day, until it was discovered that photographing the hundreds of cables connecting the console to
the CPU would not be possible. At that point I relented and ensured that all of the cables were clearly marked
and it would be possible to put the machine back together.
As you can read in the PDF not only did Galdor set the system up again but it was the foundation of a life of
computing for many members of the group. I lost contact with Galdor due to security issues in 1972 a few
years after they took the machine but in retirement I was overjoyed to discover the system still existed and
it become the basis of this project for the Computer Conservation Society
Andy Keene , Sadly missed but his legacy lives on within this project in the form of recovered software
and a very positive can do attitude.
The media coverage in 2012 resulted in a swamp of new contacts so if we have not got back to you yet,
remember we are just two people trying to run all of this. Be patient and we will respond to all of you who wish us well.
Does any visitor have any information about the PF56 ?
As used on the 1900 Series. If so the
1900 Project needs to know.
Or email this project and we will pass it on.
For more News check out the following links by clicking below.
The 1301 Prog Ref Manual and
Initial Orders Manual are available along
with many other manuals here.
We still have a page for the GEC factory days in the 1960's.
Feel free to email the project by clicking the spinning logo below,
wherever you see it on the Site.
Visitors to this and the original site.