Artifact Details

Title

BBC Microcomputer System personal computer

Catalog Number

102673171

Type

Physical object

Date

1981

Manufacturer

Acorn Computers, Ltd.

Place Manufactured

U.K.

Identifying Numbers

Other number 24498 On label on inside of top cover
Serial number 01-ANBOI-3007230 On label on bottom.

Dimensions

overall: 2 1/2 in x 16 1/4 in x 13 1/2 in

Description

Back connections for "analogue in", "cassette", "RS423", "RGB", "video out" and "UHF out". Underside connections "tube", "1 MHz BUS", "user port", "printer" and "disc drive". Unlabeled cable terminated in DB-1. Has unusual "BS5733" power plug with 3 in-line pins. Middle pin is longer.

Category

Digital computer/personal computer/desktop

Curator Notes

The BBC Micro was created as a personal computer for viewers of the BBC television series "The Computer Programme." Nicknamed "The Beeb," it sold in the millions across the UK and at one point over 80% of British schools were using them. An entire generation of students learned basic computer programming on the BBC Micro.

Credit

Gift of the Lane-Smith Family

Lot Number

X3851.2007