Gold plated BBC Micro Personal Computer

Made:
1985 in Cambridge
maker:
Acorn Computers Limited
The keyboard from a gold plated BBC Micro computer with two 1-megabyte disc drives and keyboard, made by Acorn 2008-5/1:
      
      Gold plated BBC Micro computer with two 1-megabyte disc drives and keyboard, made by Acorn Computers

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The keyboard from a gold plated BBC Micro computer with two 1-megabyte disc drives and keyboard, made by Acorn
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

2008-5/1: Gold plated BBC Micro computer with two 1-megabyte disc drives and keyboard, made by Acorn Computers
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Gold plated BBC Micro computer with two 1-megabyte disc drives and keyboard, made by Acorn Computers Limited, Cambridge, England,1985. From 'The Micro User' competition.

Gold-plated BBC Micro computer with two-megabyte disc drives and keyboard, made by Acorn Computers Limited, Cambridge, England, 1985.

This gold-plated BBC Micro computer was offered as a competition prize for 'The Micro User' magazine's second birthday. Entrants had to describe five articles that they would expect to see in the magazine in three years time. A customised casing was made by the Universal Communications Company under the Acorn label, taking over a month to complete, and the base units for the computer were handmade, to ensure that the gold dipping process was successful. The gold dipping was carried out by B & W Plating in Crawley.

Details

Category:
Computing & Data Processing
Object Number:
2008-5/1
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), copper (metal), electronic components, gold plated (gilded), metal and plastic composites
Measurements:
disc drives: 64 mm x 280 mm x 280 mm, ,
micro computer: 70 mm x 410 mm x 360 mm, 16kg
type:
personal computer
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • computer
credit:
Donated by Mrs Barbara Oliver