January 25, 2022

Computer History: BBC Launches Computer Literacy Project Archive; View Video, Run Programmes, and More

From the BBC:

People interested in the history of computing and information technology over the decades can delve into a host of programmes, with the launch of the Computer Literacy Project Archive on BBC Taster.

In the 1980s, the BBC explored the world of computing in a national initiative called The Computer Literacy Project, which ran for nearly a decade, covering the explosion of personal computing and the spread of information technology. The programmes explained principles still relevant today and included interviews with groundbreaking technological innovators of the time including Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak (co-founder, Apple Computer), Bob Moog, Roger Foster (Apricot).


The launch of the Computer Literacy Project Archive means viewers can now search and browse all the programmes from the Computer Literacy Project along with the BBC Micro software online for free, with each item described in detail by members of the original production team.

They will be able to:

  • watch any of the 267 programmes
  • explore clips by topic or text search
  • run 166 BBC Micro programmes that were used on-screen
  • find out the history of the Computer Literacy Project

Direct to Computer Literacy Project Archive

Read the Complete Launch Announcement

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.