The Tony Sale Award
for Computer Conservation and Restoration

Computer ◆ Conservation ◆ Society
About the Computer Conservation Society (the CCS)

The CCS is a co-operative venture between the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, (formerly the British Computer Society) the Science Museum of London, and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
The CCS was constituted in September 1989 as a Specialist Group of the BCS. It is thus covered by the Royal Charter and the charitable status of the BCS.

The aims of the CCS

  • To promote the conservation of historic computers and to identify existing computers which may need to be archived in the future.
  • To develop awareness of the importance of historic computers.
  • To develop expertise in the conservation and restoration of historic computers.
  • To represent the interests of Computer Conservation Society members with other bodies.
  • To promote the study of historic computers, their use and the history of the computer industry.
  • To publish information of relevance to these objectives for the information of Computer Conservation Society members and the wider public.

There are a number of active Projects and working groups on specific computer restorations and early computer technologies and software. Younger people are especially encouraged to take part in order to achieve skills transfer.


Membership is open to anyone interested in computer conservation and the history of computing. For more details on becoming a member of the CCS see our page about joining the CCS .

The CCS is funded and supported by voluntary donations from members, a grant from the BCS, fees from corporate membership, donations, and by the free use of BCS and other facilities. Some charges may be made for publications and attendance at certain seminars and conferences.