Although the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) is inside Bletchely park. It is a different organisation.
TNMOC has all the interesting computers and the Bletchely park trust has the land and buildings.
There is still a political battle going on between the two (which is sad). They put fences around TNMOC as though to keep people from wandering in there.
- I am a TNMOC member
But it is wonderful. Far better than next door, to be honest.
It's one thing to see those historic computers on display, it's a whole new level seeing them running, producing heat and noise!
Huge props to the person in charge when we visited for letting us upstairs to their usually closed storage space with hundreds of old games, magazines, and boxes of old tech.
My main gripe, which I did feed back at the time, was they had a wide selection of vintage computers and consoles running but there were no instructions. It’s a long time since I’d used any of them and had forgotten much of even the basics,;they also had Spectrum with the SSD type libraries but again no instructions on how to load and use the games. That meant you could look at them, try and type a couple of things in and hope you get lucky, then move on to the next item feeling frustrated.
The museum is continually evolving so I hope that something has been done to help what I felt was a fairly big shortcoming. I appreciate it’s a lot of work creating cue-cards for each one but as you’re encouraged to have a play around it would greatly add to the experience.
That said, its quite an adventure to return to that era of computing and re-discover all the old tricks. On some of these machines, there are even still new graphics modes and other features being uncovered by avid hackers. 8-bit machines are still alive!
Also really feels like they need a purpose built building - it's housed in an old car showroom at the moment.
That would be somewhat easier than having to use google to search for them, which is what I normally do.
Most old games are hard to play without instructions, but the instruction manuals tend to be detailed and also fun to read.
(As an aside: it's always exciting when I find a modern game that includes a printed instruction manual!)
See also the 'related topics' section.
I swear i came across a "tour guide for engineers" somewhere that was similar to this, but i can't find it now.