14 September 2023

Our chairman Paul Moggridge was passed a very dusty folio a few weeks ago, which was found in the University of Hertfordshire’s Computer Science department during its decant into its temporary home pending the departments move into a new building. After some careful forensic work on his behalf, it emerged that the folio contained documents for the branch, and its predecessor the BCS West Hertfordshire Branch going back as far as 1982.

Paul was able to digitise a number of the legacy programme cards that were found in the folio and to celebrate this bite of nostalgia, you can find them all uploaded onto the Past Events page of the website should you want to take a look.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the University of Hertfordshire for forwarding the find and also to acknowledge our long association with the University – or Hatfield Polytechnic as it was back then. We also note that on 21st October 1982, Sir Norman Lindop, Chairman of the Lindop Committee of Data protection (which led to the creation of the Data Protection Act of 1984 and latterly was used by the EU in the definition of the GDPR and the UK’s Data Protection Act 2018) gave a presentation to the branch on data protection. Nearly 41 years later, the Lindop Building on the College Lane Campus of the University of Hertfordshire – named after Sir Norman – still remains our regular home for events at the University – and yes, we are even still talking about data protection and Sir Norman’s legacy. So it would see that we have come full circle, even if we do not seem to travel very far!

If you know of any more information about the history of BCS Hertfordshire, or if you have any old programmes or memorabilia that you were willing to help us digitise, please do get in touch!

View: Past Events Page

Last updated 14th September, 2023 at 4:32pm