Computing in education: Nellie the School Computer (1969)

A great clip from Tomorrow’s World, first broadcast in 1969, of Nellie: “a computer set to revolutionise the classroom“. In this clip, the boys of Forest Grammar School in Berkshire demonstrate how Nellie can be programmed to solve mathematical equations and play music, as well as the importance of computer maintenance…

Nellie was an Elliott 405, made by Elliott Brothers, one of the early UK computer companies (Tony Hoare worked there for eight years).



  1. I’m so pleased to see this video! I was one of the students at the Forest Grammar School. This segment was filmed the year after I left the school to pursue a degree in Computer Science at Hatfield Polytechnic (now University of Hertfordshire), so I’m not featured in this segment. But I was among the original team of high-school boys who got this computer installed at the school. I’m still in the IT business almost 60 years after my experience with Nellie.

    1. Hi Fred. I’m Roger Wright. I was at Forest and you taught me all about Nellie. I am in the film. Glad you are still going strong.

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