Archives of IT (AIT) aims to inspire and inform future leaders of the UK IT industry through insights into the experiences of their forebears.  It is an expanding digital database of media and interviews from leading people associated with the UK IT and Telecommunications industry to help understanding and encourage study among current and future stakeholders.

Capturing the past

Our emphasis is on the oral history of personalities, their background, successes and challenges.  We capture this through video and audio interviews and complement them with company reports and other media.

AIT is distinctive in concentrating on the personal views, ideas and experiences of those who built and worked in this important activity, while other archives and museums are focused on preserving physical devices and working machines.

Inspiring the future

AIT is a resource for research by organisations and individuals; especially in education, (economists, industrial and social historians and technologists).  Such insights into business, economics and the sociology of technology inform users, policy makers, investors and others who shape the future.

The archive contains many accounts of achievement and lessons learned overcoming adversity.  They are an inspiration to the next generation.

Why is this important?

Historically, the Computing and Telecommunications (IT) industry has energised the UK economy more than any since the coal industry fueled the industrial revolution in the 19th century.  From a niche industry in the 1950s, in 70 years it has grown to employ hundreds of thousands of people in the Software and IT Services industry alone.*

IT is now pervasive in all areas of economic activity, is critical to the economy of the UK and ubiquitous in its social impact.  The industry’s future demands an ever-growing body of professionals and the absorbed interest of the young.  As well as enabling a new generation of business leaders and enterprises, awareness of from where our industry has come, its future direction, and its role in society are important to us all.

This archive complements the diversity of museums, libraries, galleries and archives that help us understand the world around us. The UK has a substantial record of innovation in this arena and the story of these developments and their impact should be told.

We believe AIT is a valuable contribution to the social and industrial history of the UK.  People are interested in other people and what they do and how.  There is a huge appetite to study and understand these fascinating stories, both for educational value and personal fulfilment.

The AIT Organisation

AIT was founded by Roger Graham OBE, based on his belief in the importance of the above objectives.   Roger features among our interviews, having founded, led, invested in and advised many key companies in the industry from mainframe to mobile. AIT is a registered charity (number: 1164198).  Roger chairs the board of trustees, who are senior and authoritative participants in the field.

The archives are assembled by a team of organisers, writers and technologists who have worked in IT and communications and are driven by a belief in the importance of this work.  AIT is funded by personal and corporate donation and sponsorship.

If you’d like to find out more or have any questions about the archive please get in touch below:

Registered address:Gaston House, Gaston Green, Bishops Stortford, Herts, CM22 7QS

Charity Registration:1164198

* Ref: https://www.statista.com/statistics/284968/it-software-and-computer-services-economy-employment-in-the-united-kingdom-uk/
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