Web@30 Heads to Cambridge, to Celebrate 30 Years since the First Website Launched

Web@30 Heads to Cambridge, to Celebrate 30 Years since the First Website Launched


by Luke Nava
Marketing Manager

19 July 2021

Fancy browsing the very first website? Ordering a pizza from the original online store? Meeting the early ancestors of memes and GIFs? Or trying out coding for yourself? Come along to the Grand Arcade in Cambridge this summer, and you can do all this and more – on the computers and web browsers of the day.

What is WEB@30?

WEB@30 is a brand-new exhibition, brought to you by The Centre for Computing History, working together with Raspberry Pi and Receptional. It builds on the success of 64 BITS – an acclaimed Digital Archaeology exhibition, which has popped up at digital festivals in London and New York over the last decade.

This new show will celebrate the 30 years since the first website was launched – by Sir Tim Berners-Lee at CERN on 6th August 1991. On display will be 30 pieces of hardware and software, which either made the world wide web possible or have contributed to Internet culture and commerce ever since.

You’ll be able to get hands-on with the first browser, web cam and affordable modem, as well as examples of early digital art, comics, games, memes and zines. You’ll also find free, beginner-friendly workshops run by Raspberry Pi, where you and your family can get creative with coding and simple electronics.

Dean Rowland, Director of Receptional, says: “Our company wouldn’t exist without the advent of the digital age, the launch of the very first website or the rise of Google, Facebook and our other partners. We get so much from helping businesses achieve their goals through digital, so we’re proud to support WEB@30 and inspire the next generation.”

How can you attend?

WEB@30 will run for the duration of the summer holidays.

Exhibition opening times – no booking required:
26th July to 3rd September 2021, 10am to 5pm (4pm on Sundays)

Workshop opening times – register at rptl.io/storeevents:
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11am to 12pm and 2pm to 3pm

Location – view on Google Maps:
Grand Arcade, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge, CB2 3BJ

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