Man spent lockdown building a museum

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A Gloucestershire man with more than 100,000 fans has spent lockdown building a museum.

Neil Thomas, host of the Youtube channel RMC Retro, has been building the hands-on retro computer and console exhibition since December 2020.

He started making Youtube videos in 2017 from his studio, ‘The Cave’, focusing on retro computers, games and history.

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And the museum has become possible through a crowdfunding campaign which met its target of £6,500 within 60 minutes, and has now raised more than £17,000.

The money has come from the sale of a colouring book of retro computers, and Neil said he has been “stunned” by the help he has received from the public.

It is being built on top of an 18th century mill in Stroud.

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Classic micro computers and consoles in the hands-on exhibition
(Image: Neil Thomas)

He said: “The idea of a colouring book was always going to be a light hearted bit of fun and I wasn’t sure if potential backers would be interested in the bigger picture which is to raise funds to allow me to complete the exhibition I’ve built during lockdown.

“It appears the idea of ‘building The Cave’ has really cut through and every penny of profit coming in is now going to help make the exhibition better than we could have ever imagined. I’m humbled, proud and very excited about the future.”

The opportunity to build the museum came when the landlord of the studio Neil used for videos decided to convert the property into housing.

Neil was then approached by the owners of the mill in Stroud to see if he would like to use their space instead.

And when he saw the size of the room available to him, he decided to convert it into a museum for retro enthusiasts.

The money from the colouring books, which Neil designed with video game artist Stoo Cambridge, will be spent on furniture for the museum, including expensive items such as glass display cabinets, air conditioning and security systems.

The fundraising campaign will last until August 17 and the museum is likely to be ready before the end of 2021.

To donate to the crowdfunder click here.

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