The National Museum of Computing Names its First Director

The National Museum of Computing has appointed its first director, just after celebrating its fifth birthday.

Dr David Hartley has been named director of the Bletchley park-based institute, which is based at Bletchley Park. Hartley takes on the leadership role from operations manager Lin Jones.

A spokesman for the museum told The Register that Hartley's job will be predominantly "outward facing" and he'll take a leading role in activities central to the museum's development, including finance and fund raising.

The spokesperson also said that Hartley was exactly the person the museum had wanted, as he is both a general history and a computer heritage expert.

The museum - an independent charity that doesn't receive lottery funding - describes itself as a collector and restorer of computer systems, particularly those developed in Britain "to enable people to explore that collection for inspiration, learning and enjoyment" and was created in partnership with the Bletchley Park Trust in 2007.

Hartley is not only a chartered engineer in the field of computing who served as a director of Cambridge University's Computing Service, he has also been an adviser to government and was the president of the British Computer Society and chairman of the computer conservation society for four years until 2011.

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