British Schools’ Museum raises thousands from sponsored walk

From L-R: Andy Gibbs, Helen Roberts, John Pearce, Alan Brookman and Norman Phillips, just after arr

From L-R: Andy Gibbs, Helen Roberts, John Pearce, Alan Brookman and Norman Phillips, just after arriving at the museum gates - Credit: Archant

MUSEUM volunteers have retraced the steps of a journey made more than 200 years ago by the brains behind the building.

The British Schools Museum in Hitchin is set to benefit from nearly £3,000 as a result of the efforts from the team of walkers.

Led by museum manager Andy Gibbs, they covered the 50 miles from Southwark in London to Hitchin, via Barnet and St Albans, in three days.

The walk commemorated a visit to the town by Joseph Lancaster, who persuaded local lawyer and landowner William Wilshere to open a school in 1808 in Hitchin – now where the museum stands.

Lancaster, a Quaker described by some at the time as the ‘Poor Child’s Friend’, had travelled from Southwark.


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Speaking about the walk, which was completed on Friday, Andy said: “That was hard work, especially when the snow started falling. Lancaster came to Hitchin in January, but I thought the weather might have improved by March.

“I would like to thank all those who accompanied me, some doing the whole journey with me, and all our sponsors.

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“The museum is in constant need of funds to repair and maintain our historic school buildings; I’m very grateful to everyone.”

The group have already surpassed their fundraising target of £2,000, but are now looking at topping the £3,000 mark. All money will go to the museum.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/andy-gibbs1

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