National Archive for the History of Computing: Armament Research Establishment Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The material comprises:

Administrative / Biographical History

Set up in the late 1940's the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment was set by the Ministry of Supply, to undertake scientific and technical research into atomic weapons and the testing of Britain's atomic bombs. Scientific and technical work on the British atomic weapons project was initially the responsibility of the Ministry of Supply Research Division at Woolwich and the Armament Research Establishment [ARE] at Fort Halstead in Kent, the headquarters being based at the Kent site. In the late 1940's and ealry 1950's Dr Alec Glennie of ARE used the Feranti Mark I computer at Manchester University in his extensive calculations for atomic weapons.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to any accredited reader.


Description compiled by Jo Klett, project archivist, with reference to and S.H. Lavington, Early British Computers (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1980) pp. 40-41.

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