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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Ministry Decree: Walk a Museum Marathon.

We love to promote events here at The Ministry (check out our events page) but its only when we hear about something really special that we write about it and forcefully encourage you to go. So, when we found out about a museum marathon in aid of Guide Dogs UK of course we had to be there and insist that you join us.

Museumlines' David Mentiply has always felt passionate about the work of Guide Dogs UK and as a charity close to his heart trying to raise money somehow was always on the agenda, but felt compelled to do something different. Thankfully, running is not required in this marathon. But comfy shoes will be a necessity as David plans to walk to TWENTY SIX different Museums on the 7th of December and is asking fellow museum lovers to join him, or donate money to the cause. The group will be non-stop talking and walking museums along the route starting at the V&A and finishing up at the Globe, at each museum stopping for a quick photo and continuing on. There is no doubt that this is a big task to undertake for a worthy cause, but after asking David a few questions we know he can do it!

How did you come up with such an unusual idea to raise money?

I've been following Geoff Marshall and his team as they attempt to visit all 270 tube stations in London in record time. They broke the record recently and so this got me thinking - why don't we try a similar thing with museums. Just without the running and fewer stops! I wanted to do something fun and that would hopefully appeal to fellow museum geeks.’

What inspired you to organise the Museum Marathon?

‘I've been meaning to organise a fundraising event like this ever since my sister first got a guide dog. They are an unbelievable charity that can make such a difference to people with visual impairment. They don't get any government funding (and it's very expensive to train and look after guide dogs) so there's a real sense among people with a personal connection to the charity that we should do all we can to support them.’

You are only stopping briefly at each museum, which one will be the hardest to leave?

‘All of those I haven't actually visited before. Will be a shame not to stop by every museum on the route but we've got to make it to Shakespeare's Globe by sundown!’

The Ministry wish Museumlines lots of Museumy luck! 

Do you think you are up for the challenge? Can you go the distance without getting too distracted by fancy objects or museum cake? The Ministry have accepted the challenge and will be joining David on his quest - we've definitely had enough training! 

Follow Museumlines on twitter: @davidmentiply
To find out more:

The first four guide dog owners in the UK 1931

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