When Richard died in 1991, aged just 17, he left several artworks on his Amiga 500 computer that he had created with Deluxe Paint.
For many years after his death, however, Richard’s PC was left gathering dust in the attic. The family, who live in Chaddesden, Derby, had previously tried to donate their old computers but were told they had no value. That’s what The Mirror writes.
This changed this year, however, when Richard’s sister Tamsin spotted an appeal for donations for a new computer museum in Derby city centre.
As previously reported by Derbyshire Live, Tamsin donated her brother’s collection to the newly established Derby Computer Museum, and amazingly, museum creator Rob Watson was able to obtain copies of one of Richard’s artworks from the old PC.
Before it officially opened to the public, Rob gave Richard’s family a tour of the museum and revealed that part of one of the rooms was dedicated to Richard.
This section included Richard’s now working computer, plus a plaque informing visitors of his history. It was also decorated with a number of video game posters Richard had collected over the years.
Richard’s mum Jen said: “The computers were the last thing in the loft. We didn’t know what to do with them. It was ideal. It was nice to give it to someone instead of just throwing it away.
“It’s heartwarming to see it in here. It surprised me and seeing his dedicated part made me cry right away. It’s amazing.”