Thorn EMI Proton Detection System Commodore PET (UK)

From: Jules Richardson <>
Date: Thu Jan 13 18:28:53 2005

On Tue, 2005-01-11 at 16:00 +0000, wrote:
> A friend of mine who works for a large local organisation rescued this
> fascinating piece of kit from being thrown in a dumpster. It is a
> modified PET (the later series without the cassette drive) with the
> "Commodore" name strip replaced with a "Thorn EMI" one.
> ...
> Another contact I have at this place is a collector of old computers
> so I suspect he will have his eye on this, however he has a PET in his
> collection already, so if this unit is of particular historical
> importance and someone wants it for their museum where it will go on
> display (Witchy? Jules?) I might be able to get it for you on this
> basis. I could certainly try.

I see Chris already spotted this one! It certainly seems worth saving
one way or the other. Wherabouts in the country is it located?

As Chris says, is there any chance of any documentation / software being
saved with it (and any related apparatus that it may have been used with
- custom hardware's far more interesting when it's complete and can be
shown doing something)

At the very least though it should be saved as-is just as an example of
a PET being put to an atypical use. We don't have room at the museum
currently to display it, but we could certainly put it into dry storage
with a view to eventually having it on public display.


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