This new show will celebrate 30 years since the first website was launched – by Sir Tim Berners-Lee at CERN on August 6 1991. On display will be 30 pieces of hardware and software, which either made the world wide web possible or have contributed to internet culture and commerce ever since.
Jason Fitzpatrick, chief executive officer and founder of The Centre for Computing History, said: “This exhibition is a vital curation of web history. With a generation now born connected, it is imperative that we show how we arrived at the web we know today. This interactive display is a great way to show just how much things have changed in a very short time.”
Visitors will be able to get hands-on with the first browser, webcam and affordable modem, as well as see examples of early digital art, comics, games, memes and zines. They will also find free, beginner-friendly workshops run by Raspberry Pi, where kids and adults can get creative with coding and simple electronics.
Jim Boulton, founder and curator of 64 Bits and Digital Archaeology, added: “The last 30 years have seen the birth of the information age, equal in magnitude to the transition to the modern world from the Middle Ages. Web@30 is vital to ensuring that future generations know as much about the recent history of the web as they do about the early history of books.”
Gordon Hollingworth, chief product officer at Raspberry Pi, commented: “Computing is for everyone. We’re looking forward to showing people how they can get creative with code, making games and building simple electronic devices. We encourage everyone to come and get hands-on with the digital technology that shapes our world.”
The Centre for Computing History is also seeking corporate sponsors to support the Web@30 archive after the event and bring it to more cities across the UK and the world.
Dean Rowland, director of Receptional, concluded: “Our company wouldn’t exist without the advent of the digital age, the launch of the very first website or the rise of Google, Facebook and our other partners. We get so much from helping businesses achieve their goals through digital, so we’re proud to support Web@30 and inspire the next generation.”
The exhibition will take place at the Grand Arcade in Cambridge from July 26 until September 3 2021. Click here to find out more.