From the archives: Computer delivery, 1957

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Norwich City Council’s first computer, being delivered to the City Treasurer’s Department in Bethel Street, Norwich
- Norfolk Record Office

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"The National Museum of Computing
Great picture! A large version of it has pride of place on a wall at The National Museum of Computing located on Bletchley Park.
February 8, 2012 at 9:57am · 1"

Norfolk Record Office
Thank you for all your comments. The answer is 1957, as many of you said. Here is some more information about the computer:The City of Norwich, and its forward-thinking Treasurer, Mr A.J. Barnard, were pioneers in the application of computer technology to the work of UK local authorities and businesses. In 1953-4, Mr Barnard and his team began looking for an electronic system to handle its rates and payroll. They began discussions with Elliott Brothers of London in 1955, and the City Council ordered the first Elliott 405 computer from them in January 1956. It was delivered to City Hall in February 1957 and became operational in April 1957. The event was celebrated by a demonstration of the machine in front of the Lord Mayor of Norwich and the press on 3 April 1957."

"Allan Raymond
The lad standing by the cab is Jimmy Lake he is now about 85. The guy standing on the ground nearest the cab is Dutchy Schurman and the one holding it and standing with one step on the first step is Ivan Baxter, Who ended up working in the transport office at Norfolk Line until he retired. All of them lived in Beccles area.
October 18, 2012 at 4:51am · 1"

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