An urgent appeal has been launched in the hopes of saving Britain’s National Videogame Museum.
The venue has shut doors to protect visitors and staff from the ongoing viral outbreak and now faces an uncertain financial future as a direct result.
Due to the seeming reticence of the UK government to support businesses with any real measures, the BGI charity has now appealed to the public to ensure the museum’s future.
Ian Livingstone, BGI chairman and National Videogame Museum founding patron, said: “Coronavirus threatens the very existence of this unique place. The UK’s only museum dedicated to videogames is now under threat.
“As a new charity which uses video games to inspire the next generation, we have no safety net to help the museum weather the storm.”
It is hoped that some £80,000 will be raised for the Sheffield-based institution to preserve its exhibits, staff, workshops and collection of gaming memorabilia.
The appeal states that “despite 40,000 visitors in 2019, we have no safety net of funding to ensure our new charity outlasts a prolonged shutdown. The UK is in danger of losing this unique venue with nearly 100 playable exhibits, school workshops and family events.”