The creation of Britain's National Computing Centre (NCC) was publicly announced by Frank Cousins, the first minister of technology in Prime Minister Harold Wilson's Labour government, in March 1965.1 The Ministry of Technology (MinTech) was created as Wilson took office in October 1964, and it signaled his administration's commitment to his 1963 vision of an ultramodern Britain “forged in the white heat [of a scientific] revolution.”2 The phrase “White Heat” became synonymous with Wilson's government and is popularly used to characterize the scientific and technological boom of mid-1960s Britain. Wilson's vision of economic security by means of technological advancement was central to the Labour Party election...
The National Computing Centre: “White Heat,” Modernization, and Postwar Manchester
Richard Brook is an architect and historian whose research focuses on postwar mainstream and municipal modernism. He is the author of Manchester Modern and an adviser to the Manchester-based Modernist Society. His recent funded projects include an examination of the intangible values of British postwar infrastructural landscapes. https://www.msa.ac.uk/staff/rbrook/
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Richard Brook; The National Computing Centre: “White Heat,” Modernization, and Postwar Manchester. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 December 2020; 79 (4): 438–458. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2020.79.4.438
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