I remember seeing Witch in the Birmingham Museum of Science and Industry, when we used to have a proper science museum. It then went into the museum store, which they have open twice a year, but I don't ever remember seeing in there. It must have been well hidden. There is also an ICL 2900 series machine in the museum store. I think that should go somewhere too, perhaps Manchester, who still have a proper science museum.
Anyway, back on topic, I think the key fact to take away here is that WITCH's components may be getting on a bit but were all in unusually excellent condition. Bravo!
I believe they re-imaged Witch using a Ghost wizard but for a brief spell they thought it was going to fail.
Yes, I suppose someone could be upset by the 2 ton comment but as he patently has never met me, he obviously didnt mean it personally even if I was fat..
"waif-like" - hmm @laserblazer - kindly leave the stage :)
lol - well that's the weight and components discussed .. now let's get on to the 'dirty' side of Witch
I worked on a 1903T in the early 80's. Most other sites had moved to 2900's but this one kept chugging on. It ran George 1s (none of your newfangled 3 or 4) and I'd moved on by the time they upgraded to a 2900, so I never experienced VME.
I want to know what the 'A happy accident' was that led to the discovery :)
I suspect on one of the open days at the museum store, somebody in the know noticed part of it stuck in a corner and recognised it. The 2900 series that I mentioned previously, was out in the open, as is several generations of talking clock and a huge Van Def Graff generator, amongst other interesting bits that used to be on display when Birmingham had a proper science museum. A huge number of the more interesting items didn't make it to "Thinktank" when it opened.