This is the story of the first office computer and its unlikely owners, J. Lyons and Co, a company better known for making cakes. Discover how computers became part of office life in our new Information Age gallery http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/informationage.
The Lyons Electronic Office (LEO I) went into operation in 1951, transforming the working lives of employees and kick-starting the development of the British computer industry.
This state-of-the art 1950s computer was small enough to fit on a single floor of Lyons head office, and held a full 2 KB of information (about a side of A4). Not much by 21st century standards, but in 1951 it was more than in any other business in the world.
Part of the LEO I is on display in our Information Age gallery, which tells the story of how our lives have been transformed by information and communication technologies over the last 200 years. Visit http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/informationage or follow the conversation online via #smInfoAge to find out more.