As you would expect, The National Videogame Museum in Sheffield has currently closed doors due to the coronavirus (Covid-1) lockdown in the UK.
It may never open again.
The BGI, the group that runs the Museum, only became a registered charity in 2019. It’s not had a full year of life. It’s not back by any government funds. There are only private patrons and members of the public. A prolonged closure to the public will likely mean the permanent closure of the Museum.
The solution? JustGiving.
The goal is to raise £80,000. That’s a tough ask right now. Many people are out of work, everyone is worried about their jobs, if not their health and so disposable income for charity is hard to find.
Heck, there’s even an argument there is more important things to be spending money on than an emergency appeal for some old gaming consoles.
However, within hours of opening and at the time of writing, there are over 120 sponsors. These generous geeks have taken the National Videogame Museum to 8% of its target.
If you have the spare cash, and people are donating £5 here and there as well as the occasional £20 or more, then pop over to the campaign page and see for yourself whether the project deserves to be saved.
Thanks to a (no doubt) busy Ian Livingstone for finding the time to record the pitch video. He once re-tweeted Geek Native, and I was very excited by it.
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