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 & Discussions

Wednesday evening talks and discussions
5th, 12th and 19th April. 7-9pm

  • Wednesday 5th April
    How has the Web changed and developed our creative industries?

    Join us for look at the how the evolution of the Web has affected creative jobs and roles over the last 20 years. This informal panel discussion will touch on topics around new aesthetics and materials, design and iconography and the general blurring of lines between science and art.

    Hear from Ghislaine Boddington, artist researcher, dramaturge, curator and thought leader specialising in body responsive technologies; Paul Manning, Creative Business Director at strategic digital agency, Ideas East and Lou Macnamara,  contemporary artist and Art and Technology Producer at Space Studios.

  • Wednesday 12th April
    Evening with Luke Robert Mason of Virtual Futures
  • Wednesday 19th April
    Can Coders Really Write the Future?

    Coding bootcamps are everywhere, welcoming everyone from “women and non-binary folk” to refugees. Household names such as Microsoft and the BBC are investing in the next generation, acknowledging the growing importance of these skills across several sectors.

    But what should we be talking about in this language of the future? And can we all be part of the conversation?

  • Curator Tours
    Wednesdays 2pm
  • Family days
    Friday 7th & 15th April. 12-6pm, drop-in

    Learn to code with your children on original 1980s BBC micro computers and get involved in a range of other children’s activities such as a Super Mario Yoshi egg hunt for Easter (Saturday 15th  April).

  • Code amnesty (British Library)
    Saturday 8th April. 12-6pm, drop-in

    A key part of the 64 Bits exhibition is an open-door digital media archiving service where designers and artists can bring in obsolete media for us to migrate to a modern format. If you have any 3.5 inch floppy discs, CD-ROMs, Zip discs, Jaz discs or Rev discs, then please bring them along on Saturday. If you would like, and where the appropriate the excavated work will be exhibited as part of the exhibition.

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