Education and Research

How have we learned to develop, apply and use computers and software? An obvious and naïve answer is through schools, colleges and universities. But the scale and strength of our competence suggests that it is equally through informal learning rather than formal learning: people have taught themselves in work and at home, supported by colleagues and friends. This seems to be a somewhat neglected area of historical research.

The Collection has paid some attention to the historical origins and growth of people’s knowledge and skills. For example, it contains some materials relating to the creation of

  • computing services in the steel industry at Port Talbot; and
  • the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea.

It also contains an archive of computing education at Swansea.