Bringing up Baby: establishing and promoting computers in Manchester

Dr James Sumner
21st June 2018, 7:00pm
Museum of Science & Industry

We are happy to announce that the Manchester Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday 21 June 2018 at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MSI). This year it is in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the world's first stored-program computer on 21 June 1948 at the University of Manchester. The computer is known as 'The Baby' and a replica of it is located at MSI.

The Lecture, to be delivered by Dr James Sumner from the Centre for the History of Science Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, is entitled 'Bringing up Baby: establishing and promoting computers in Manchester'. There will be an introduction by Dame Mary Archer DBE, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum Group which includes MSI. Additionally, The Museum of Science and Industry Computing Volunteers will be running the replica machine in the afternoon between 2 and 4 p.m. and also between 6 and 7 p.m. Additionally, Professor Jim Miles from the University of Manchester and some of his students will be demonstrating modern day computing in the afternoon.


More information about Dr James Sumner and the lecture content will be available soon.


What is the Manchester Lecture?

In 1988, the Society embarked upon an ambitious venture - to hold a prestigious annual lecture, the subject matter of which should reflect the achievements, concerns and opportunities of modern Manchester and its immediate region. The first lecture was given by the Rt Hon Lord Barnett PC on 15th June 1988, followed on 17th May 1989 by Michael Heseltine. The themes addressed were The Revival of the North West and The North West in the 1990s. On 25th June 1990, HRH the Princess Royal addressed the Society in Manchester Town Hall, with particular reference to aspects of Manchester’s Olympic Games bid. These first three lectures were held in conjunction with BBC North West and were televised. 
Since the first high-profile Manchester Lectures, the lecture took place a further five times before becoming instituted again as an annual event that was to coincide with The Manchester Day parade, launched in 2010. The Lit & Phil have hosted speakers including the ambassadors for the US and China as well as Cherie Blair. Last year's Manchester Lecture was given by Adam Jupp on the development of Manchester Airport and the opportunities it presents to Manchester and the wider region.



For members booking for food, please note that this will take place before the lecture between 6 pm and 7 pm. The catering will comprise three 'bowls' – two savoury and one dessert. The dessert will be a glazed lemon tart with mascarpone and crushed raspberries. For the two savoury options, you can choose from four options by completing the form below or by clicking on this link. Please make sure that you have let us know your choices if you are having food so that we can ensure accurate food order numbers.