Thursday, December 15, 2011

A pre-Christmas Plan 28 update

Despite the lack of public announcements from Plan 28 on the project to build Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine there's plenty going on behind the scenes.

The big news is the Plan 28's registration as a charity in the UK is now complete and has been published by the Charity Commission. Plan 28 is now registered charity number 1145043.

Every charity has to have 'objects' which are a statement of its aims. Plan 28's objects are as follows:
3. Objects

3.1 The Charity's objects ("The Objects") are for the public benefit

3.1.1 The advancement of education, in particular in the fields of science and the history of science, through the construction of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine; and

3.1.2 The advancement of science, in particular through:
a) Research in the fields of computer science, engineering and mathematics; and
b) The raising of public awareness of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine and related scientific theories and developments.

3.2 Article 3.1 may be amended by special resolution but only with the prior written consent of the commission.
What this means is that early in the New Year Plan 28 will enter a fundraising phase and all those folks who pledged money will now be able to donate it. It also means that Plan 28 will be eligible for Gift Aid for UK donors.

Here's to getting the Engine project moving in early 2012.

PS A big thank you to the solicitors at Stone King who worked on the charity registration process with me. They've been simply brilliant to work with and I would highly recommend them for other people starting a charity.

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