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The Replica Baby Gallery

  1. The Replica Baby at Manchester Computing (where it was built)
  2. Some of the Rebuild Team by the partially built machine (c. 1997)
  3. Tom Kilburn holding a Cathode Ray Tube in front of the Replica Baby
  4. The Replica Baby now in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester
  5. The Manchester Mark 1 team in front of the Replica Baby at the Museum
  6. Chris Burton and Geoff Tootill in front of the Replica

1.The Replica Baby at Manchester Computing

The Replica Baby at Manchester Computing

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2.Some of the Rebuild Team by the partially built machine

Some of the Rebuild Team by the partially built machine

The team was led by Chris Burton, on the left of the picture. Other members shown (left to right) are Ken Turner, Bill Purvis and Keith Wood. There are (were!) further pictures on the Computer Conservation Society Website.

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3.Tom Kilburn holding a Cathode Ray Tube in front of the Rebuild

Tom Kilburn holding a Cathode Ray Tube in front of the Rebuild

Tom is in fact standing in front of the "Feasibility Rig". The Rebuild team first built a rack of equipment using authentic circuits to prove that they could still make the technology of CRT storage work.

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4.The Replica Baby now in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

The Replica Baby now in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

This picture is one of the set taken by Tommy Thomas in June 1998, shown on his website. It is copied here with his kind permission.

This shows the Replica Baby at its final site in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, in the 1830 Warehouse (the first ever railway warehouse). There are no pictures extant of the original Baby. The familiar pictures show the Manchester Mark 1 in earlier or later stages of its physical evolution from the Baby. Although these pictures were invaluable in the process of making a faithful reconstruction of the Baby, especially a set of detailed close-ups made by Alec Robinson in late 1948, the Rebuild Team had to establish which components were part of the original Baby (and would therefore be positioned correctly) and which belonged to circuitry added or changed for the enlarged machine (and so would not be in the Replica). Therefore the pictures taken in the 1830 Warehouse (especially with its wooden floor!) are the most accurate pictures available! (The main problem is that the Replica is too clean. The cleaner was ordered never to touch the Baby, and so it was covered in Manchester grime -- there was no clean air act in 1948!).

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5.The Manchester Mark 1 team in front of the Replica Baby at the Museum

The Manchester Mark 1 team in front of the Replica Baby at the Museum

This picture is one of the set taken by/for Tommy Thomas (far right in the above picture) in June 1998, shown on his website. It is copied here with his kind permission.

This shows an enhanced Manchester Mark 1 team standing in front of the Replica in the 1830 Warehouse: Left to Right: G.C. (Geoff) Tootill, D.B.G. (Dai) Edwards, Tom Kilburn, Laurie Allard, A.A. (Alec) Robinson, J.C. (Cliff) West, and G.E. ("Tommy") Thomas.

This picture was taken after the official Handover Ceremony on the actual 50th Anniversary day, when the Computer Conservation Society formally handed over the Replica Baby to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Note that although the only person missing from the original engineering team was Professor Freddie Williams, we did at least have his son present, Professor Fred Williams of Cardiff University, who looks very much like his father (and according to Tom has much of his mannerisms as well)!

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6.Chris Burton and Geoff Tootill in front of the Replica

Chris Burton and Geoff Tootill in front of the Replica

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