The Russian attack on Mariupol resulted in the destruction of almost all buildings in the city, including museums and every other place dedicated to preserving memory. Among them there is also the famous Club it8bitthe largest Ukrainian private museum dedicated to the history of computers, been completely destroyed following the bombing of the city.
The news emerged via Kotaku and the destruction of the museum seems to have occurred on March 21, as confirmed by its owner and founder Dmitry Cherepanov in a post on the official blog of Club it8bit. All that remains of the collection collected by Cherepanov – over the course of over 15 years – are only the images that testify to his existence, available both on the Facebook page of it8bit and in the gallery of the official site.
The collection included over 500 computers from 1950 to the early 2000sincluding some rarities that represented the basis of Soviet computer innovation (and not) in its early days, all perfectly restored and most of them in working order. In addition to the hardware, the museum also collected over 100 gigabytes of data related to games, programs and music originally produced for these platforms.
Today the museum no longer exists, but Cherepanov has announced that this is not the end of the project. The physical destruction of the structure and the artifacts within it have brought the right motivation to allow the collector to give a strong push to his next preservation plan, but at the moment it is not clear how it will be carried out. In any case in Source find the link to the Club it8bit website to learn more and follow its rebirth.