“The Cave has a wealth of nostalgic treasures including old favourites like the Amiga and BBC Micro through to more obscure systems from other parts of the world.”
The Retro Collective aims to give access to vintage technology in a hands-on environment. We want to educate and inform visitors through our preservation work, and create a fun, enjoyable environment for all to explore the history of entertainment in technology.
We are not one individual company, we are a collective of like-minded individuals with a passion for preserving technology, and we’re always looking for new businesses who wish to join the collective, there’s plenty of room in our 18th century mill to accommodate your passion.
As the fortunate custodians of our exhibits, it’s our responsibility to maintain them to the highest possible standard and to make them accessible to as many people as possible. We achieve this through our venues and the YouTube channels of the respective venues where videos are made about the restoration process and history of the exhibits. We want our work to serve current and many generations to come in documenting the technology, the people and the historical context in which the exhibits were enjoyed. We don’t just want to preserve the technology we also want to capture and preserve the experience.
We want to use our success to improve our venues and succeed in our mission, but also to serve the local community. Our charity work has raised over £15,000 for local good causes including through the sale of an annual charity calendar from which 100% of proceeds are donated. Recipients have included All Sorts, The Long Table and HEALS of Malmesbury.
The first multiplayer video game was Tennis for Two in 1958 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. The display was an oscilloscope.