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The National Museum of Computing

Bletchley Park

Bletchley

MK3 6EB

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Relaxed Openings

This special morning have been created so that families with Autistic children can enjoy the museum together. The museum is either closed or very quiet with areas set aside especially for your family. As well as visiting our world leading collection there are also special activities for you to do. Housing the world's largest collection of working historic computers, the Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.

In October 2019 we are pleased to offer offer a special 'uplugged' drop in session

BAFTA Young Game Designers Game Concept Workshop

Whether you love to code, draw or write the story, BAFTA YGD gives you an insight into the world of game-making and a chance to meet game developers in the UK Games industry. This workshop will help you to develop and shape your initial idea into and provide tips on how you might develop it further. http://ygd.bafta.org

BAFTA YGD is an educational initiative for 10-18 year-olds to have the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with top game makers through this annual competition.

Opening in October 2019, pupils can explore different areas via the Game Making Award or the Game Concept Award. As a finalist their idea could be developed by top industry professionals, win amazing prizes and meet some of the biggest games stars at an awards ceremony.

www.ygd.bafta.org has a host of support content for teachers - competition guides, downloadable teaching tools (worksheets, group activities and lesson plans) and videos giving access to the creative minds behind their favourite games.

BAFTA YGD hosts a yearlong programme of UK events including workshops for pupils and teachers and coding tutorials.

For more information visit http://ygd.bafta.org/


All events give the opportuntity to explore the museum and take part in drop-in activities. Especially suitable for visitors with autism or other special needs, and their siblings, parents and carers.

Enjoy Augmented Reality trails, family trails with hands-on activities, programming and a chill-out zone. All drop-in sessions, so stay for as long as you wish.

Please visit the museum's website to view our visual story and sensory map, which can help people to prepare for their visit: https://www.tnmoc.org/accessibility

Registration is required to try to ensure that the event works to everyone's benefit - if you have any questions, you can also email us.

We are delighted that we are able to offer these sessions to you free of charge. This is due to the support of our sponsors and volunteers. However as you can imagine putting the session on is not without cost to the organisation. Don't worry we are not going to ask you for any money but... unfortunately previous sessions have had a large number of people who booked tickets and then did not come. This was very disappointing and frustrating as these events are extremely popular. We were showing as fully booked and were turning people away who wanted to come. Imagine how disappointed your would be as a family if you couldn't come to an event like this.

While I understand that things crop up that are out of your control, can I ask you please to consider if you are able to use the tickets and if you know that you can not please cancel them so that someone can take your place.


What people say about the Relaxed Opening sessions:

My sons had a super time, the interactive activities were great and kept them both engaged. Your team were most helpful and great with the children.

Our boys both loved it... Ordinarily, after a few hours one son is on edge, on the verge of overload. They say living with autism is like living life in a disco ... I want to comment about your staff, ... They were utterly brilliant. Patient, understanding, tremendously knowledgeable, they explained things in such an accessible way, there was always someone available.

My seven-year-old and my friend's two boys had a wonderful time and I really appreciated the opportunity for them to enjoy something they would otherwise fund quite challenging.

They obviously loved the gaming areas, enjoyed making the stickman hit the fruit. The staff in the BBC [micro] area were lovely. In fact the tips about getting children coding have already been implemented and they have been using the site that was recommended. My husband wants to come next time!

A huge thank you for organising the relaxed session. It makes a huge difference to families like mine to be able to get out.

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