Despite of several unsuccessful attempts in the past this is still our primary goal.
Our physical storage space is allready exhausted for some time and the demolition excavators are feeding the last corners of the old industry. Allready for years we are searching for a possibility to present interested people a insight in the technical equipment of the past.
As long as this referes to photos and pieces of text, the www is a nearly unbeatable platform for presentation. If you want in contrast to that hear the computer working, smell the warm dust in the monitor and get explained the machine by a informed person (and perhaps write and run your own programm on it), you need a REAL ROOM for it.
Early in December 2006, a possibility occured to rent adequate rooms in Halle for capable costs. The building former belonged to a factory for paint in the Merseburger street in Halle, which had been unused for years. The considered room was about 250qm with the necessoury load capacity for the heavy aggragates and with nice big windows. Beside the discussion with the administrations of the building we adapted a arrangement suggestion for the room.
Planed is a exhibition for computers, technique, industry and the influence of them in the everyday life with a focus on the computers.
The exhibits will be roughly arranged in groups for office hardware, workstations, small computers, mainframes, microelectronic and some others. The visitor should be able to get a preferably authentic picture of the exhibits in their original environment. This shall substitute the typical character of an exhibition with glass vitrines and red seperation ribbons. The machines shall be visible as entire places of work from the adequate era. Some inconsistencies we will not be able to clear because of the fact that today time credentials have become slightly rare.
calculators, typewriters, accounting automats, copier, fax machines, teletypes etc.
Here will occur nearly all models of the GDRs office machines with 8- and 16bit CPUs. Beside this, a enormous amount of printers, plotters, network equipment and accessories as well as some exhibits of westeuropean machines from the same era can be found.
In the GDR the internation term of homecomputer, which described machines like the legendary C64 was substituted by the term 'small computers'. These small computers were primarely developed as a cheap and less powerful alternative for personal computers for less complex applications like lab automatisation and on the field of education. This equipment was nearly exorbitant for private customers because of the high costs. Because of that, many build their own individual homecomputers in their basement. Even some factories did. And so still some unknown developments occur here and there.
Please don't muddle up the small computers (homecomputers) with the also called small computers (the ownes in the class between the mainframes and the microcomputers - for example the PDP11)!
To this, we want count everything as big as a closet, even if it is not fully correct. We start with the small computer system CELLATRON C8205Z from the 70s over some small computer systems like the robotron KRS 4201 and K1600 or the CM-2M from the CSSR (we are waiting to get one of these) up to machines which were allready to their lifetime called real mainframes - in the GDR the ESER systems (we have some components of a ESER class III system EC 1056). While the homecomputers were used with a standard cassette recorder as storage device, the visitor can here look at manhigh magnetic tape units with a weight of a small motorcar.
A special area in the exhibition. Here we want to respond to the semiconductor fabrication in the GDR, special components and hardware-pieces. Definitely the right thing for all computer freaks who want to know more bus systems than ISA and PCI!
Beside the machines, which we want exhibit in a operable state, there will be a lot of wallboards, shematics and historical documentation where the visitor can find lots of information about the exhibits and about a insight into the everyday life of the users.
Because the majority of us is still studiing or in apprenticeship, the little amount of money (from which now the majority got out for transports) keeps us from making big steps. We would be thankful for:
Copyright 2007 by Sebastian Czech update: 06.10.2007