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Welcome to the BCS South West Branch website

Welcome to the website for the South West branch of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. This is one of the largest geographical branches covering all of Devon and Cornwall, specifically the postal codes EX, PL, TQ, TR. The Branch has about 1000 members.

Our monthly meetings are generally held between October and May. Events are usually held in either Plymouth or Exeter, there is no charge (unless indicated) and everyone is welcome.

Forthcoming Events

Retro Gaming: Yesterday’s technology rebooted

The BCS South West Branch offers a chance to spend the evening experiencing (or indeed reliving) the earlier generations of video gaming. The event will begin with a brief scene-setting talk from Prof. Steven Furnell, the curator of the South West Retro Computing Archive. Steve will introduce some of the technologies on show, and compare them to more … modern consoles. This will be followed by the opportunity for extensive hands-on play with around 20 of the devices held in the Archive. These will include well-known consoles of the past, such as the Atari VCS and Sega Mega Drive, as well as more obscure models such as Radofin and Rowtron. Some of handheld electronic games and home computers of the era will also make an appearance.

Light refreshments will be available from 19.00.

Date: 21/05/2018, 19.15

Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Rooms C1 and C2, Portland Square, Plymouth University, PL4 8AA
Travel information & Maps
Parking is available on campus during out of hours (4.00pm-7.00am weekdays, and over the weekend), vehicles should only be parked in marked parking spaces, in order to avoid being issued with a fixed penalty notice.


Presentations from previous events can be found here.