BBC Micro

Released on 1st December 1981, the BBC Micro is a microcomputer produced by Acorn, which was built for the BBCs Computer Literacy Project. The way these machines were produced and the way they worked, there was always something deeply philosophical about the whole user experience, which without question would have aided with the learning process of the children that used them.

In 1982 there was a TV series called The Computer Programme, which focused on learning how to use the machine, which was broadcasted on BBC2.

A pupil from William Howard School, Cumbria gets to grips with 1980s BBC BASIC on a Code Show visit

Throughout the 1980s, the BBC Micro inspired a generation of kids throughout the UK and it was BBC Basic that probably got them hooked in the first place. It was the staple diet of the National Curriculum.

In total, six BBC Micro models were produced including Model A, B, B+64, B+128, Master 128 and Master Compact.

Recent posts

Newcastle Prep School Visit

On 17 October 2019, we travelled to Newcastle Prep School, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, all year groups were enthralled by the stories

Like this post? Share it!

Sinclair ZX81

The ZX81 is a home computer produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured in Dundee, Scotland by Timex Corporation.

Ian McNaught-Davis

Ian McNaught-Davis (30 August 1929 – 10 February 2014) was a British television presenter best known for presenting the BBC television

David Braben

David Braben has been called “one of the most influential computer game programmers of all time”, based on his early game development

Jeff Minter

In 1981 Jeff Minter started independently writing and selling video games for the Sinclair ZX80, the first machine he owned.

The Oliver Twins

Andrew Nicholas Oliver and Philip Edward Oliver, together known as the Oliver Twins, are British twin brothers and video game designers.

Amiga 1200

The Amiga 1200, or A1200 (code-named “Channel Z”), is Commodore International’s third-generation Amiga computer


The Vectrex is a vector display-based home video game console that was developed by Western Technologies/Smith Engineering.

Atari 2600

The Atari 2600, originally sold as the Atari Video Computer System or Atari VCS until November 1982, is a home video game

Micro Men

Affectionately comic drama about the British home computer boom of the early 1980s. Legendary inventor Clive Sinclair battles

SAM Coupé

The SAM Coupé is an 8-bit British home computer that was first released in late 1989. The machine is based around a Z80B CPU

Sinclair C5

The Sinclair C5 is a small one-person battery electric velomobile, technically an “electrically assisted pedal cycle”.