An Exhibition
of the webs
lost past

30 March - 21 April 2017
12pm - 6pm
8pm Thurs
Here East
Queen Elizabeth
Olympic Park

Surf the web like it's 1995!

Media obsolescence, failing hardware and the transient nature of websites mean the early years of the web are in danger of disappearing entirely. Catch it while you can!

  • Browse the very first website from 1991
  • Search the web on Archie, the first search engine
  • Enjoy the very first web comic
  • Order a pizza on the first transactional website
  • See the first animated website
  • Create your own digital city

ASCII-ng for Trouble!

Before computers had graphic capabilities, creative souls made images from the 95 printable characters on the keyboard.

  • Cows
  • Emoticons
  • Popstars
  • Edgar Degas
  • Dot matrix printers
  • Take home your own ASCII portrait

Susan Kare - Style Icon

Kare’s work has touched anyone who’s ever used a computer. We celebrate the designer who gave the Macintosh a smile.

  • MacPaint
  • Lady Combing Hair
  • Original Macintosh Icons
  • Spotted Dog
  • Smiling Computer
  • Windows Solitaire

eBoy - Pixel Perfect

Just as Lichtenstein used the imagery of the comic strip to create art, eBoy use the language of video games. Today, the complex pictures they create are a strangely comforting reminder of simpler times.

  • First eBoy website from 1997
  • Pixoramas
  • Skateboards
  • Jigsaws
  • Toys
  • Stickers

Pay us a visit

Here East is on the River Lea, in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

  • 30th March - 21st April 2017
  • Open 12pm - 6pm everyday and until 8pm Thursdays
  • Short bus ride from Westfield Stratford City
  • 15 minute walk from Westfield Stratford City
  • 5 minute walk from Hackney Wick overground station


Family Days

Is your child the next Bill Gates or the next Invader? Learn to code BASIC together or make your own pixel art with re-usable Stickaz.

  • Learn to code with your children
    Friday 7th April - booking required
  • Recreate your favourite characters
    Saturday 15th April - just turn up!


Young Persons Workshop for 9-16 Year Olds

These 90 minute workshops, will teach up to 30 students how to write a simple program using original 1980’s BBC Micro computers.

  • Free to local schools
  • Run by the Centre for Computing History
  • Break a problem down into logical steps
  • Write and understand BASIC
  • Understand computer programming

Thursday 30th, Friday 31st March and Friday 7th April

Talks & Code Amnesty

A programme of related workshops and talks will accompany the exhibition. Bring in your old floppies for us to migrate and be part of the show.

  • Wednesday 5th April: Evening discussion TBA
  • Wednesday 12th April: Evening discussion TBA
  • Wednesday 19th April: Soul Labels present
    "Can coders really write the future?"
    Book your free place
  • Weekly curator tours on Wednesdays at 2pm


Here East

Bringing together business, tech, media, education and data in the pursuit of innovation, Here East is home to established names and nimble startups alike.

  • 1.2 million square feet
  • London’s home for making
  • Workspace and support for artists
  • Developing the products and services of the future
  • Eat, drink and shop at Canalside