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National Videogame Museum launches new games preservation initiative

BFI, British Library, Museum of London and Bath Spa University already signed up to Videogame Heritage Society

The UK's National Videogame Museum is bringing together a network of museums, collectors and other institutes to pool resources on video games preservation.

The NVM has formed the Videogame Heritage Society, a group that will share knowledge and best practices about both preserving and exhibiting the history of video games. The project was announced at an event at the BFI.

Members of the society include the BFI, the British Library, Museum of London, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, Bath Spa University, and a range of independent collectors.

The NVM has already invested resources in preserving classic games developed in the UK, presenting them as a special collection at the museum.

Industry veteran and chair of the British Games Institute, which governs the NVM, Ian Livingstone said the inclusion of private collectors was important to the Videogame Heritage Society's goals.

"We recognise that in the UK and around the world, the expertise in this field isn't just locked inside museums and heritage institutions, but also inside a wide range of dedicated and passionate private collectors," he said.

"The VHS will bring everyone together to preserve the important heritage of video games in our country."

For the record: We have updated this article to include the BFI as a founding member.

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