History

  • October 1, 2016: Bart van den Akker gets an idea for an interactive computer museum.
  • October 18, 2016: Business plan written.
  • October 20, 2016: Domain name registered.
  • October 21, 2016: First contact with the municipality of Helmond about the HomeComputerMuseum plan.
  • November 8, 2016: Friends and family asked for advice.
  • November 18, 2016: Municipality of Helmond comes by to discuss plans.
  • December 17, 2016: Plans announced at Commodore club, now finally known to the public.
  • March 25, 2017: Patrick van Halen joins.

Many agreements with civil servants, companies and collectors followed. Unfortunately also the death of Adriaan van den Akker, Bart's father. After this, the establishment was accelerated.

In particular, discussions were held to move into a collective building from the municipality, together with a number of museums. There appeared to be a need for the HomeComputerMuseum to start in order to be taken seriously.

  • March 24, 2017: Interview with Eindhovens Dagblad (https://www.ed.nl/helmond/helmond-krijgt-museum-vol-retrocomputers-het-wordt-niet-saai~a82e6581/)
  • April 9, 2017: First time present at a fair as a museum, the Philips Retro Weekend.
  • November 2017: Negotiations about moving into an empty building.
  • November 11/12, 2017: First time present at the Collectors Fair in Utrecht.
  • December 2017: Kickstarter project started.
  • January 2018: Kickstarter profect failed, new crowdfunding via GoFundMe.com.
  • January 31, 2018: Key received from Kluisstraat 5.
  • February 1, 2018: Establishment of the HomeComputerMuseum Foundation
  • February 2018: Company Hosting2Go joins as a sponsor.
  • February 2018: First external volunteer not from close circle of friends joins.
  • March 17, 2018: HomeComputerMuseum opens at Kluisstraat 5.
  • May 28, 2018: Daytime activities started.
  • August 14, 2018: SBS6 is filming for Holland van Boven, broadcast date September 19, 2018.
  • January 2019: Repair department takes great refuge due to MyCom disappearance.
  • March 2019: Talks about new location.
  • March 16, 2019: First volunteer party.
  • October 1, 2019: Keys received for the new location.
  • November 7, 2019: HomeComputerMuseum wins Heritage Prize 2019 (1707 of the 3,574 votes for HCM).
  • December 31, 2019: HomeComputerMuseum closes its doors at Kluisstraat 5.
  • February 2, 2020: HomeComputerMuseum opens at Noord Koninginnewal 28.
  • February 12, 2020: Youtuber Nostalgia Nerd puts film from HomeComputerMuseum online (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8dexRPxeRs)
  • March 15, 2020: Museum closes due to Corona.
  • June 2, 2020: Museum reopens.
  • June 5, 2020: Affiliated with the ICOM.
  • July 1, 2020: Collaboration with old-computers.com.
  • July 30, 2020: Collaboration with Vintage Computer Federation (VS).
  • November 5, 2020: Hub for Network Digital Heritage.

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