BBC model B microcomputer

Made:
1982-1984 in United Kingdom
maker:
Acorn Computers Limited

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1995-632/1: BBC model B microcomputer, designed by Acorn Computers Limited and manufactured by ASTEC Components
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1995-632/1: BBC model B microcomputer, designed by Acorn Computers Limited and manufactured by ASTEC Components
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Second processor for BBC model B microcomputer, designed by Acorn Computers Limited and manufactured by ASTEC
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

BBC model B microcomputer, designed by Acorn Computers Limited and manufactured by ASTEC Components Limited, British, 1982-1984. Serial number 1,000,000

The BBC B microcomputer was introduced as part of the BBC's Computer Literacy Project, which was designed to help familiarise children with computers and particularly basic programming, using a simple programming language known as BBC BASIC (beginners all-purpose symbolic instruction code). It was supported by TV and radio programmes, software and publications. It was heavily used in schools. At first, the BBC ordered only 12,000 of the computers to be made, but in 1982 alone, 24,000 were produced. This computer has the serial number 1,000,000, and was bought as a birthday present for £399 in 1984.

Details

Category:
Computing & Data Processing
Object Number:
1995-632
Materials:
composites, electronic components, metal (unknown) and plastic
Measurements:
'Second Processor' (without cable): 70 mm x 200 mm x 340 mm, 1.722 kg
Main Console - keyboard (without cable): 75 mm x 410 mm x 345 mm, 3.66 kg
Main Console - keyboard (including cable tied at back): 75 mm x 410 mm x 460 mm,
'Second Processor' (including cable tied at back): 70 mm x 200 mm x 475 mm,
type:
personal computer
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • computer
credit:
Donated by J Manser

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