Archive News 2023


From the Scarybeasts/billcarr2005 collection of HFE images, the LCL two disc title Micro French has been added. Unfortunately this title is missing the audio tape needed for some of the programs on the discs.


Further additions from the Scarybeasts/billcarr2005 collection of HFE images. These were protected images and have been archived as HFE images;

  • Crosswords, from HS Software,
  • MegaMaths from LCL, a large collection of A-Level mathematics questions,

The RISCOS Educational section has been updated with a number of Archimedes versions of classic BBC micro titles courtesy of Simon Donellan, who contacted the Archive after rescuing an A4 laptop.


Further additions from the Scarybeasts/billcarr2005 collection of HFE images. These have been converted to SSD images since they were unprotected.

  • Medieval Villages, from Data Design and which complements Designer Castles,
  • Answer Back - Junior, a general knowledge quiz from Kosmos,
  • Added the Food databases to Science Start Here from Central Software,
  • The Micro at Work Pack 2 and The Micro at Work Pack 3, from Granada Software, a collection of simple computer programming scenarios,
  • Added disc 2 for Video Maths from Central Software.

Further additions from the Scarybeasts/billcarr2005 collection of HFE images. These have been converted to SSD images since they were unprotected.

  • Spelling from Easylearn, a spelling program,
  • Splash!, from Datapen Microtechnology, an art package controlled by a light pen,
  • WordPlus, a collection of three discs of Wordwise Plus literacy programs written for TVEI.

The TVEI Wordwise title reminded me of a piece of software I used to create educational jargon. In the 1980s and 1990s teachers were expected to write reams of educational documents covering TVEI, PACE and other similar initiatives. Almost all of these documents would be unread by the recipient.

To test this theory I implemented SIMP, a program that would create meaningless educational babble. I used SIMP many times during my career and not once did any recipient query what the program had written, especially when its sentences were interspersed with meaningful ones!

SIMP is here presented for your enjoyment.


Further additions from the Scarybeasts/billcarr2005 collection of HFE images. These have been converted to SSD images since they were unprotected.

  • Car Cure, from SIMTEC, a car fault diagnosis program,
  • Designer Logic, from Data Design, a control logic designer,
  • Fun School 3 - Under 5s, from Database Publications, a set of maths and literacy programs,
  • Fingerprint from Dabs Press, a machine code programmer's utility disc,
  • Psychebrot, a slideshow of Mandlebrot designs from CODIL Language Systems.

The latest update includes items from the Scarybeasts/billcarr2005 collection of HFE images. These have been converted to SSD images since they were unprotected.

From Garland Computer Software;

  • Understanding Chemistry - Atoms Bonding and Compounds, an A-Level title looking at atomic structures,
  • Understanding Physics - Electrons and Projectiles,
  • Genetics, an A-Level set of genetics simulations,
  • Learning Maths Part 2, three titles for junior children,
  • Quanta, a model to demonstrate how quanta move in a solid,
  • Spectra, a sub-set of programs from the Understanding Physics title,
  • Understanding Physics - Electrical Circuits, a collection of titles aimed at O-Level students.

Changes were made to the protection mechanisms section. These mainly concern a general purpose prevention of *CAT, *COPY *.* and *BACKUP.


The latest update includes some titles provided by OneSwitch from StarDot;

  • Rapid Reader from Synergy Software, a title to provide reading statistics,
  • MAPE Software Disc B, a collection of animated, musical nursery rhymes.

The latest update includes;

  • Attack on the Somme, from Tressell Publications,
  • Converta Key, from Triple R Software, a collection of educational games and utilities,
  • DataWord, from Triple R Software, some form of card index database,
  • Kaleidoscope, from ESM, a graphics package,
  • Comprenez 1, from Fiveways Software, A French comprehension/vocabulary test,
  • Repondez 1, a French vocabulary tester from Fiveways Software.

The following Science Education Software titles have been added;

  • Graph Plot, plots graphs from entered data either from the keyboard or from a VELA interface,
  • Human Biology, a massive title spanning many discs and covering all aspects of Human Biology,
  • Plate Techtonics, information about plate techtonics,
  • Vectors in Mechanics, a wide-ranging title providing information and questions on vectors.

And with these additions the Archive has passed another milestone. We now have over 4000 educational programs catalogued and available for download.


The following Chalksoft titles have been added;

  • Das Schloss, a German vocabulary tester,
  • Decimals, teaching and testing understanding of decimals,
  • Hotline, a multiple choice quiz,
  • Maps and Landscapes 1, a Geography title,
  • Optics, a two disc collection of programs about lenses and mirrors,
  • Stadtmitte, three programs to help learn German,
  • Words and Pictures, a literacy package for young children.

The following titles have been added;

  • Computer Assisted Spelling Program, from Carron Software, a Superior Software Speech! enabled package,
  • The Planet Earth, a Superior Software Speech! enabled literacy package from Carron Software,
  • Practical Computer Studies, the disc of software to accompany the Peter Avis books of the same name (memo to self look out for these books).

The following titles have been added;

  • Rainbow River, from Cambridge Micro Software. This is a simulation concerning river pollutants,
  • A London Adventure, from Cambridge University Press,
  • Umziehen and Kopfjager, from Cambridge Micro Software. This is a German language suite of two programs,
  • Local Industries Package, from Careersoft, a database of local companies.

The Protection page has been updated to refer to HFE images of protected discs. An Unknown category has been added to the protection types; this is for HFE images in which the protection method has not been investigated. The About text has been updated to reflect the introduction of HFE archiving and the use of a GOTEK drive to archive ADFS images.


Added the missing programs for the Heineman, Primary Mathematics - Symmetry package.

The disc for this package was damaged when the title was originally added and could not be recovered. A second copy was obtained and this disc was also damaged. Thankfully billcarr2005 from StarDot Forum was able to recover the missing programs by combining data from the two damaged discs.


Thanks to a kind donation by Andy Killworth, our latest additions include;

  • Polyominoes, from Topologika, a mathematical investigation package,
  • Giant Killer, a text-based, mathematical adventure game from Topologika, written by Peter Killworth of adventure game fame,
  • Giant Killer Support Disc, a collection of the puzzles from Giant Killer supplied as a standalone title.

Our latest additions include;

  • Primary Mathematics Programs - Metric Units of weight, from Heineman. This is an HFE archive,
  • French: GapKit 2, a French vocabulary and grammar tester from Camsoft,
  • Fun with Texts - French, from Camsoft.

Our latest additions include;

  • Organic Chemistry 1, from Q2 Software, a GCE level title. The documentation was printed in ink that had become sticky and left traces on opposing pages. A lot of tidying up was needed before archiving the manual.
  • School Chemistry, from Q2 Software, a GCSE level title covering organic chemistry.
  • The Library, from Milleniam Software, a simulation of the running of a library using a mainframe computer.

Our latest additions include;

  • The German Master for the Electron; includes both Level A and Level B tapes,
  • Missing documentation for Algebraic Manipulation from Acornsoft,
  • BBC Micro B Starter Pack, from Collins Software, a programming course for the BBC micro.

Our latest additions include;

  • Adder Sums from Ampalsoft, a title in their Cheshire Cat series, aimed at younger children,
  • Computer Studies from Letts, a suite of four cassettes covering O-Level and GCSE Computer Studies topics; the download includes both tape and disc versions,
  • To School Carefully,  a road safety title from Humberside CC.

Thanks to a donation from Dave_E from the StarDot Forum two titles from ESM have been added. These are;

  • Crack It, a re-packaged Anita Straker title
  • Primary Language, a compilation of Anita Straker literacy titles.

ESM cannot have sold many of these discs as their contents were freely and widely available in the public domain. It also begs the question as to why ESM decided to protect the discs against copying. Due to the protection on these discs they have been archived as HFE images, which will run in the BeebJit emulator or load into a real BBC micro from a GOTEK drive.


More additions after quite a time off. These include;

  • Happy Letters, a cassette title from BES,
  • Documentation for MicroPower Physics,
  • Documenttaion for MicroPower Junior Maths Pack,
  • Competitive Maths, from Schoolsoft.

Also been working on a way of archiving cassette tapes without going down the WAV to UEF route. Using the excellent DiscImage Manager (DIM) from Gerald Holdsworth, unprotected tapes are copied onto ADFS-formatted discs and imported into a new UEF image using DIM. Protected tapes, however, do not work with this method.


Latest additions include a number of HFE and SSD archives:

  • This is HFE;
    • Program Builder from Beebug,
  • This is SSD;
    • The Ethanol Question from BP Education

    Also the documentation to the AVP Pixel Perfect title has been added. Thanks to Len from the StarDot forum for the scans of the manual.


    Latest additions include a number of HFE and SSD archives taken from Scarybeast's HFE archive of billcarr2005's FSD archive. Where the images are unprotected they have been converted to SSD images using a GOTEK drive and a Datacentre:

    • These are HFE;
      • Astronomy from BBCSoft,
      • Easy Type, Maths Snap and Word Builders from Sherston Software,
      • Light Detection Kit, Fetch Execute Cycle and Sorts from Resource,
      • Picture Maker 2 and Picture Maker Plus from Sheffield Computer Centre,
      • A Primary & Secondary Samplers from BBCSoft.
    • These are SSD;
      • Sum Times, Sum Measures from Ampalsoft, part of the Cheshire Cat range of software; these titles were copied to disc from tape,

    Latest additions from Brilliant Computing, provided by StarDot member, OneSwitch, include:

    • Arcade Adventures,
    • Streetwise,
    • Switch On.

    Latest additions include:

    • The audio tracks for Micro Maestro, by Mupados,
    • A correction to the download URL for Slick! from BP,
    • Mathematics with a Micro 2, from Heineman, a collection of A-Level mathematics programs,
    • Dudley Programs;
      • Food,
      • Homes,
      • Understanding your Weather,
      • Myself - documentation and HFE files,
      • Exploration.
    • Updated the entries for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council


    The Archive has also embraced some new technology for archiving. A Greaseweazle V4 system has been set up to archive protected discs, which are very hard to copy by other means. In addition to the usual SDD, DSD and ADL files available for download we have added HFE files. These files will contain the original copy protection. The HFE files may be copied to a USB memory stick and used directly on a real BBC micro via a GOTEK floppy drive emulatoror they may be loaded into a BBC micro emulator, such as BeebJIT, and run from there.


    Latest additions include some packages supplied by StarDot member VectorEyes:

    • RotaView, a full featured Viewdata editor and host from COIC,
    • The missing documentation for Moving In from Mushroom Software,
    • Lists, a simple database from SEMERC,
    • Cornish Riviera, a simulation of running the Cornish Riviera train from Paddington to Exeter,
    • The missing documentation for Elm Tree Farm from SEMERC,
    • Missing documentation and discs for From Pictures to Words by Widgit Software,
    • Updated the date of production and selling prices for Widgit Software.

    Latest additions from the BBC PD library include:

    • Materials Science at School, a number of A-Level Physics programs from the Institute of Metals,
    • A-Level Chemistry,
    • Primary Programs, a suite of literacy and numeracy programs,
    • Programs for Children, a double-sided disc of simple programs for children; they are all very colourful and by Jim Stirk.

    Latest additions from the BBC PD library include:

    • Maths Competition from Grace Educational Software,
    • Multiplication Train from DJL Software,
    • Languages Database, a MFL dictionary,
    • Catering Science and Nutrition Samples Discs, from John Lyons Software,
    • Computing at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, a publicity disc for computing at RAL,


    Also added several Fun School titles to the RISCOS Educational section


    Latest additions include:

    • STD Database from 8-Bit Software, a database of the new (in 1980s UK) STD codes,
    • Some Sampled Sounds from the C J Richardson archive,
    • Teletext, from the CJ Richardson archive,
    • Word Search 2.4, from the CJ Richardson archive,
    • The complete CJ Richardson archive.

    Latest additions include:

    • Personal Banking, from Addison Wesley, a simulation of the Trustee Savings Bank,
    • Turtle Graphics, from Acornsoft, a full-featured implementation of LOGO graphics,
    • From AVP a number of missing titles;
      • An Introduction to Electronic Systems,
      • Translations,
      • Chemical Formulae,
      • Periodicity of the Elements,
      • French Programs
      • A-Level Maths/Stats
      • Investigating Radioactive Sources
      • Control Simulations

    Latest additions include:

    • The Paraffin File, BP, an Economics simulation based on the international oil market. Kindly provided from an Herefordshire County Council MDFS Server being restored by StarDot member fermit.
    • Flowchart Generator, from Garland, make flowcharts from simple BASIC programs. Kindly provided by StarDot member iledoffard.

    Latest additions include:

    • Calligraphy, from Redwood Publishing Ltd, software to print text in a range of  high quality fonts and a ROM that shows a range of different on-screen fonts; thanks to StarDot members Iggypop and Billcarr2005 for the software.
    • Animal Vegetable Mineral game, from BES;thanks to StarDot member Diminished for the tape image,

    The latest additions include;

    • Function Graph Plotter, from SCDS and ITMA, a graph plotter program.

    This marks a massive milestone in the Archive's activities. All physical discs and all virtual disc images hosted by the Archive have been examined for new material and the cupboard is bare! The Archive now needs to start hunting for more educational titles to preserve. There are still thousands to 'discover' but they are hard to find. HELP IS NEEDED, PLEASE. Please contact us via the Contact page to offer any materials you have.


    The latest additions include;

    • Coastal Map Reading, from Soft-Teach Educational,
    • General Map Reading, also from Soft-Teach Educational,
    • Electric Fields, from BBCSoft,
    • Ultracalc 2 Utilities added to the Oddments --> Applications section,
    • Russian Language and People, from BBCSoft,
    • Modern Language Characters, a SEMERC publication.

    The latest additions include;

    • Net Utilities from Akademias, software and information to help set up their software on L2 and L3 Econet,
    • Creative Sound on the BBC Microcomputer Model B discs to accompany the book,
    • The Micro User Magazine Disc for December 1988, in the Oddments -> Magazines section,
    • Another Music disc, Music 19, a collection of themes including Starwars,
    • The Master Emulation ROM from Dabs Press added to the ROMS section, make a BBC micro into a Master, without documentation it is unsure whether/how this works,

    Continuing to look through the hundreds of floppy discs at the Archive, the latest additions include;

    • Intermediate Model Computer 1, based on the model in Computer Science by Peter Bishop,
    • British Isles Quiz, from Computer Market, a quiz on naming places on a map,
    • Town Test, from Silverlind, a quiz on naming towns on a map,
    • LOGO Extensions and Examples, from Acornsoft,

    The latest additions to the Archive include;

    • An update to Angle Turner - thanks to Dave Edwards, webmaster of , for providing the documentation and correct publisher attribution,
    • Tracer-3 a very simple card index database from Woodsoft,
    • Data Handling Package, an amateur simple card file database,
    • Text Shape System, a text processor form Disc User magazine,
    • Deadline!, a newspaper creation package from Granada.

    The latest additions to the Archive include;

    • Junior Maths 1 and 2, from EaroSoft. A two disc collection of maths programs for children aged 7 - 11
    • Music Synths, a collection of music files, sythesisers and a Morse Code Tutor from Ashby School, added to the Oddments -> Music section,
    • Adventure Into BasicB, from John Wiley; a collection of BBC BASIC adventure games and utilities.

    The latest additions to the Archive include;

    • Wordsearcher (A218), a compilation disc of literacy and numeracy programs from Ashby School,
    • Ices (Disc T1), a compilation of numeracy programs and games from Ashby School,
    • Compute-A-Tale, a Wordwise Plus application that writes personalised and random stories, from Ashby School,
    • AQA GCSE Computer Science controlled assessment scenarios; these are solutions to the controlled assessment tests from the AQA GCSE Computer Science examinations for the years 2014 to 2017 written in BBC BASIC on a BBC Master.

    Happy New Year everyone.

    A recent acquitistion, Wagon's West, from Tressell Publications is a wagon train simulation.

    There are still more discs to examine for missing treasures. Watch this space!

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