BBC Computer Literacy Project 1980-1989

In the 1980s the BBC explored the exploding world of computing, explained how to use the new home micros and chronicled a decade of Information Technology.

Over the years the BBC has produced numerous TV series to help people better understand and use information technology. This Computer Literacy Project (CLP) Archive contains hundreds of programmes and thousands clips from these series along with many other programmes related to computing.  It also allows you to run over 150 BBC Micro software programs - written to accompany the TV programmes - in your browser. For those of you who don't know what the BBC Micro is, it was a computer released in 1981, which focused on education software. The material in this archive is searchable by keyword or theme.

For anyone interested in the history of micro computers these programmes make fascinating viewing to see how far we have come in a relatively short space of time.

Our very own managing director Chris Palmer contributed to some of the Micro Live programmes, back in early eighties. You can see him in the clips below:

Exciting developments at the PCW show in 1984

Previewing the ill-fated MSX range of computers

Looking at the current state of computer and video games




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