The Computer Sheds

New Items

Items in the Collection

Rexroth eMotion 1500

The Computer Sheds hold the Jim Austin Computer Collection, over 1500 computers and many thousands of other artifacts such as books, calculators, spares, test equipment as well as a fine collection of Radios and Valves (the RadioShed).Goto 3D tour of the sheds

We are saddened to hear of the passing away of Stephen Hawking today (14th march 2018).

The sheds saw the arrival of Stephen Hawkins SGI uv1000 supercomputer. This is a 2Tb shared memory machine with over 700 cores and a single linux image.

The Machine Running...

UV1000 running

Supercomputers in PS4

Radio Room

The radios and valve systems

Please click on the menu at the bottom of the screen to access the database on the collection. This is an incomplete list - we hope to have a full list soon.


We are looking to build a fighter jet simulator and have obtained the following items to build it;

Rexroth eMotion 1500 6DoF Hexapod - the base

Integrated Avionics Maintenance trainer - the cockpit

Any help would be appreciated,

The Collection

The collection was started in about 1986, and represents the technical development of computing from the earliest days to the present day. It holds examples from every generation of computers - mechanical, relay, valve, transistor, and all the variations of integrated circuit. It has a fine collection of supercomputers and a huge IBM mainframe. As well as ten Cray supercomputers. It has one of the largest collections on show of Cray's and Digital Equipment Corporation computers anywhere.

It is housed in over 8000 sq ft of buildings and organised into manufactures.


If you would like to visit the collection, We do guided tours to small groups, please email me on


We are looking for information on all the machines in the collection, please mail us if you have any information on the computers. We are looking for both technical information and your own personal thoughts, so if you have any experience with these machines please get in touch. I hope you enjoy the site and will see some of the machines from the past are worth collecting! Thanks to loads of people who have helped, donated, shifted the machines. If you want to see what I do as a day job, please visit my site at the University of York and the company I run Cybula Ltd.

Altair 8800
landrover 110 saterlite communication vehicle. MADAS calculator
Cray gs6400 IBM blueGene/L
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Last update: March 2018(see here for updates) See the new concept for a venue to show off the collection
click here to see a list of magazines in the collection