Potters Bar Museum celebrates 100 years of Girl Guiding

IT’S been 100 years since a crowd of girls gatecrashed Robert Baden-Powell’s first Scout Rally at Crystal Palace, South London, and demanded a similar movement for them.

And to mark the centenary year of the Girl Guides Association, now called Girlguiding UK, Potters Bar Museum is holding an exhibition celebrating the history of the movement.

It has been organised by Janet Reid, a Guider at the 1st Little Heath Company, with the help of fellow Guider Mary Willatt, who will be exhibiting her Silver Fish award for 30 years’ service to international guiding.

The exhibition also features a belt and buckle from 1914, a detailed model of a guide camp complete with tents, campfire and latrine, a brownie toadstool and a mannequin wearing a guide uniform worn between 1947-1952.

Pictures, old annuals and maps will also be on display.

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Museum steward Marion Cant said: “We have so many ladies in the Potters Bar area that I am sure many of them were brownies and guides years ago. Why don’t you visit the museum, and bring your daughters and grandchildren, and enjoy the happy memories that this exhibition will evoke.”

The museum, on the first floor at the Wyllyotts Centre in Darkes Lane, is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and every Saturday from 11am to 1pm.

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The exhibition will run from now until the end of June and entry is free.

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