For HP Only
Museum Services for Hewlett-Packard Company
The museum is something of a shrine to the early glory years of the Hewlett-Packard Company in the computer industry. HP has a tremendous amount of goodwill among former employees and among former customers. The HP Computer Museum is not affiliated with HP, but it is our policy to support the company in everything we do. Since its inception in the late 1990s, the museum has provided a number of services to help HP promote itself to customers and internally by leveraging its past. These services are provided free of charge. HP has also done many favors for the museum in the past, including shipping products from strange and exotic places (like Tasmania). The most common services we provide to HP are:
- Use of website photos and other materials. Every year HP entities and marketing subcontractors ask to use our photos for an internal or customer-focused promotional program that includes a retrospective component. We make the requested high-resolution photos available and are usually able to take customized photos for the promotion, if needed. In return, our only requirement is that the museum is referenced in any digital or hardcopy materials that are produced for the promotion. We also require a sample of any hardcopy materials that are produced. We also get requests for old HP videos (eg promotional videos, television commercials and other videos) as HP does not archive this material from the distant past. We are happy to provide this material to HP entities, but we require the approval of HP Archives to do so.
- Use of physical products for shows and exhibitions. We have also provided physical products (in working order where possible) for HP to use/display in Canada, America and in Australia. These products can be customized with specific software or peripherals to meet the requirements of the exhibition (perhaps you’re interested in an original HP-150 running Microsoft Windows or AutoCAD). The way this works is that the HP entity making the request provides us with the details of the billing entity for shipping costs, and we take the items to HP Australia to be shipped. After the exhibition, the items are returned to HP Australia and collected by us. Items can become damaged during shipping and during exhibitions (a situation which we have not yet experienced). The HP entity requesting the items carries the risk of that loss at an agreed dollar amount for each item prior to shipping. Also, we request that the museum is referenced in any digital or hardcopy materials used to promote the event.
- Review of written promotional material that includes a retrospective component. We are also happy to review the accuracy of material that references old products and technologies. We admire the HP entities that go to this effort even though the audience for such material will rarely be any the wiser.
Of course, the museum is able to provide other services as well. In 2012, we set up a working demo room of old HP desktops and peripherals in support of HP Australia’s 45th birthday celebration. This exhibition was provided at HP’s Forest Hill, Victoria office free of charge. For on-site services provided outside of Victoria Australia, charges for personal time and travel expenses will apply.
If you are an HP employee or marketing contractor (with HP approval), please contact us if you need anything from the museum that might enhance your project.
Museum items on display at HP's downtown Melbourne demonstration centre.
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