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4 January, 2013 - 16:48 By Tony Quested

Vital cash input for Cambridge technology venture

Jason Fitzpatrick (left) with Nic Rumsey

The Centre for Computing History – one of the most exciting technology ventures in Cambridge UK – has received a significant financial donation from Haverhill Research Park.

The windfall coincided with the launch of the museum’s fundraising campaign in support of its relocation to Cambridge.

Nic Rumsey, development director of Carisbrooke Investments, the developer of the £100m research park situated at the western gateway to the town, has taken a keen interest in the museum’s progress since its foundation in Haverhill in 2006.

He said: “As a company involved in developing vision into reality, we are quick to admire grit and determination. Having witnessed the dedication of the team behind this initiative, we are delighted at its success.

“Cambridge, with its superb track record of technological discovery and invention is one of the most important technology centres in Europe. The Cambridge locale, including Haverhill, embraces a large cluster of high-tech companies many of which have direct and indirect links with the University of Cambridge. For these reasons, despite its Haverhill roots, it is entirely fitting that the Centre for Computing History should be based in Cambridge.

“Personal computers have had an extraordinary influence on the way we live and the way we view the world. Let’s face it, early pioneers of computer technology like Steve Jobs and Tim Berners-Lee literally invented the 21st century! We applaud the museum’s lead in taking these inspirational stories out to schools across the country.”

The museum has attracted sponsorship from several high profile Cambridge tech businesses including super-chip designer ARM Holdings, Microsoft Research and Red Gate Software.

Centre spokesman Jason Fitzpatrick said: “We are deeply appreciative of Haverhill Research Park’s ongoing generosity and belief in our endeavours. These funds will be used to support our educational outreach work.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Jason Fitzpatrick (left) with Nic Rumsey

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