A slice of computing history has been made public, giving people the opportunity to delve into an archive that inspired a generation of coders.
The Computer Literacy Project led to the introduction of the BBC Micro alongside programmes which introduced viewers to the principles of computing.
It included interviews with innovators such as Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak.
The BBC hopes the 1980s archive will encourage today’s youngsters to become involved in computing.
With the release of the archive, viewers can now search and browse all of the programmes from the project.
They will be able to:
- watch any of the 267 programmes
- explore clips by topic or text search
- run 166 BBC Micro programmes that were used on-screen
- find out the history of the Computer Literacy Project
Matthew Postgate, the BBC’s chief technology and product officer, said: “This archive offers a fascinating and nostalgic glimpse into an important milestone in the history of computing.
“The hardware may have changed, but the principles still apply – which also makes it a unique resource for teaching and learning that will hopefully encourage a new generation of computer users.”
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