Retro Leeds Computer
Leeds-made Systime computer featured with some of Leed's most impressive inventions.
03:02 12 May 2020
Retro computer made by Leeds-based Systime computer may not be a great addition to one's business or home office but it remains a captivating keystroke in the history of British technology.
The nostalgic device has been recently featured in Leeds to Innovation, a newly-online exhibition exploring some of Leeds' most impressive inventions. It was also one of the key components in the little known rise and fall of a global tech giant.
Systime was established in 1973 and quickly became one of the largest computing firms in the UK. The company produced IT solutions to huge names in the tech industry and even sponsored Leeds United in the 1983/84 season. However, a series of supply disputes with American rivals and a number of management buy-outs caused the company to quickly fall.
John McGoldrick, Leeds Museums and Galleries' curator of industrial history, said: "The meteoric rise of Systime aptly demonstrates just how quickly and spectacularly a bright idea can flourish and what a powerful catalyst innovation can be for success in business.
"Historically, Leeds is known as an industrial powerhouse, but Systime shows how the city has been at the cutting edge of some impressive advancements in technology, media and computing over the years too.
"While many of us are currently working from home, looking back at this intriguing chapter in the story of the PC is also the perfect way to welcome visitors to our exhibition and encourage them to explore more stories of innovation, invention and creativity."