Emmy-winning volunteer backs museum’s call for new volunteers

Jan 20, 2019

Delwyn is pictured with an Engineering Emmy award his company Codex received from the Television Academy in the USA for its “industry game-changer” recording technology installed in TV and fuilm cameras across the world.

He is celebrating ten years as a volunteer at TNMOC, during which time he has been working on the museum’s main projects including maintenance of the world’s oldest original digital computer the Harwell Dekatron (WITCH) and restoration of the museum’s largest machine the ICL 2966 mainframe.

“Volunteering at the museum helps me unwind from the stresses of my day job,” Delwyn says. “I am an electronic engineer by training, so the skill set I have developed can be useful with computers across the decades.”

Codex Digital, which Delwyn co-founded and of which he remains technical director, specialises in high-performance workflow systems for feature films, television shows and commercials. It has created a much-needed set of standards for the industry and Delwyn’s work was specifically commended by the Academy. 

His work at TNMOC has featured repair of the WITCH’s original power supply when it seemed that a modern version would have to be substituted. The You Tube video clip of Delwyn switching on the restored WITCH in 2012 has been seen by more than one million viewers across the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVgc8ksstyg

 “The dedication, skills and achievements of museum volunteers never cease to amaze us,” says Andrew Herbert, chair of TNMOC’s trustees. “Delwyn has contributed his expertise and much time to the museum for a decade and helped create a computer museum that is recognised as one of the best in the world.

“We always welcome new volunteers but they don’t have to be as skilled as Delwyn.”

The museum is currently seeking new volunteers, in particular those willing to act as a gallery steward or to train as a potential guide.

“They will have the pleasure of volunteering alongside the likes of Delwyn and the opportunity to help visitors understand one of the most astonishing developments of our time – the emergence of our digital world,” says Andrew.

The next volunteer open days at the Museum take place today (Sunday January 20) and Saturday February 23.

Details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/volunteer-open-day-2019-tickets-50730978723  

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