Vintage Computer Festival showcases technology from the 1970s and 1980s

Sinclair ZX80 playing Space Invaders

In June 2010, The National Museum of Computing in the UK sponsored the first British Vintage Computer Festival at Bletchley Park. At least 2,000 visitors and 32 exhibitors attended the weekend event, which showcased vintage machines from the 1970s and 1980s.

There were lots of great old machines from Sinclair, Commodore, Amstrad, Heathkit, and others. There were even a few combinations of old and new technology, such as a 28-year-old Sinclair ZX Spectrum running Twitter.

Andy Taylor, a systems analyst and retro computer enthusiast in the UK, attended the event and took more than 100 photos. This gallery is portion of his album.

Many thanks to Andy for allowing TechRepublic to republish these photos. For more information on Andy's collection of vintage computers, check out his website Retro Computers or his Flickr photostream.

Photo by Andy Taylor

By Bill Detwiler

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