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IBM Hursley Museum

SO21 2JN Winchester, Great Britain (UK) (Hampshire)

Address Hursley Park
Floor area unfortunately not known yet  
Museum typ Exhibition
Computer / Informatic
  • Typewriter, calculating and coding
  • Wire- & tape recording
  • Clocks and Watches
  • Printing technology
  • Measuring Instruments, Lab Equipment
  • Appliances (Scales, Stamping, etc.)

Opening times
Due to its location in the IBM development laboratory, the Museum is not open to the general public. At the moment no tours can be arranged.

Status from 08/2023
Temporary closed

Tel.:+44-19 62-81 82 06  eMail:uklabscomms  


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Location / Directions
N51.026679° W1.399445°N51°1.60074' W1°23.96670'N51°1'36.0444" W1°23'58.0020"

Winchester is a city and the county town of Hampshire, England.
Winchester railway station is served by South Western Railway trains from London Waterloo, Weymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, as well as by CrossCountry between Bournemouth, and either Manchester or Newcastle via Birmingham.

Hursley House is an 18th-century Queen Anne style mansion in Hursley, near Winchester.

In 1958 IBM started using the House and its grounds as development laboratories. In 1963 IBM purchased the 100 acres (405,000 m²) of surrounding land and have since erected a large modern office complex employing over 1500 people. The original house is still used by IBM as an Executive Briefing Centre. The lower ground floor of the house is home to the IBM Hursley Museum, a computing museum that covers the history of IBM Hursley Park, IBM United Kingdom and IBM Corporation.

The museum is located on the lower ground floor of Hursley House. HLG03, 46 and 27 are located adjacent to each other at the bottom of the stairs accessed from the side of the main entrance to the House. They can also be accessed from the main lower ground floor corridor, as can the newer rooms HLG19, which are next to the West door of the House.

Some example model pages for sets you can see there:

USA: IBM; Armonk, N.Y. Executary Microphone Unit 271 (1968-75)
USA: Tektronix; Portland, Oscilloscope 475 (1973)
USA: IBM; Armonk, N.Y. Volt-Ohm-Milliammeter IBM 1749231 (1975)
USA: IBM; Armonk, N.Y. Monochrome Monitor 5151 (1981)
USA: IBM; Armonk, N.Y. PC - Personal Computer System-Unit 5150 (1981)
USA: Fluke, John, Mfg. Co Digital Multimeter 8020B (1982)


Produced by Peter Short IBM-Museum:
The museum at IBM Hursley Park exists to help preserve IBM's historical heritage. The museum contains artefacts from the Hursley Park location as well as hardware from the company's beginnings through to many of the products developed at Hursley over the years.

History of Hursley and 100 years of IBM.

This collection comprises a range of products developed in Hursley over the years including various storage devices - disk and solid state, a range of monitors, various adapter cards, and a replica of the first ever modern ATM, the IBM 2984 Lloyds Cashpoint. There is a display cabinet showing an number of items invented by IBM that went on to change the world.

Origins of IBM

This room contains objects from companies which later became IBM. The Computing Scale Company, the Tabulating Machine Company and the International Time Recording Company which together formed the Computing-Tabulating-Recoding Company (CTR) in 1911 (CTR was renamed the International Business Machine corporation in 1924) and were joined in 1933 by the Electromatic Typewriter Company. Artefacts here include clocks, scales tabulators, punch card machines and an Electromatic typewriter.

Office Products, Personal Computing

These rooms contain a range of Office Products Division machines (typewriters and word processors), a sample of RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) machines, AS/400s and terminals.

Customer Engineering, Point of Sale

This room is laid out like a customer engineering workshop. Typically these CE rooms would be found on all customer sites with volumes of hardware that would justify it. There would also be a storage cupboard or area for spare parts, as well as extensive documentation such as CEMs (Customer Engineering Memoranda). On display are items of hardware opened up for repair, tools, test equipment and documentation, including an ALD Trolley (Automated Logic Diagrams), a common site in all computer rooms.

PS/2, Thinkpad, Portable Computing, Terminals, Token Ring

These items include early PCs, PS/2s, home computers and portables.

The ThinkPad collection was changed July 2017, reducing the number of machines on display and adding a display cabinet with an'exploded' ThinkPad 701 Butterfly. Our Sequent server was also put on display at the same time.

Royal Army Pay Corps

A recent addition to the museum's collection is a number of machines on loan from the Adjutant General's Corps Museum at Worthy Down. The display consists of an IBM 705 console, 727 tape drive, 024 card punch, 056 card verifier and a 3350 DASD. These machines were used by the then Royal Army Pay Corps at Worthy Down. Apart from its usual duties, the 705 was used in the 1961 UK Census, the first time a computer was used for this purpose.

Getting some of this hardware into Hursley House proved a challenge

Special Exhibitions and Displays

Two display cabinets in the library on the ground floor of Hursley House have been moved to the lower ground corridor ready for some new exhibitions.

Other Facilities

In addition, we are in the process of setting up facilities to play video tapes, including the main formats available - Betacam, Umatic and VHS, as well as slide and foil projectors and a PC projector. presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.



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