- Living in Lockdown 2020 Challenge Update – Badges now available
- A message to current and previous members of Girlguiding… from the County Archivist!
- What an amazing weekend!
- V for Virtual closing ceremonies
- Join the campfire
- A game of common sense
- V for Virtual – Your tasks for the weekend
- V for Virtual in the media
- So you think you can be a member of the GIS?
- Prepare for V for Virtual – 1 sleep to go!
- Prepare for V for Virtual – 2 sleeps to go!
- Prepare for V for Virtual – 3 sleeps to go!
- Prepare for V for Virtual – 4 sleeps to go!
- An invitation from Carol Bundock, County President, to the V for Virtual camp 8-10 May 2020
- V for Virtual – an opportunity to find out all about the GIS
- Our ARC Angels Zoom together
- The ARC volunteers stay hard at work
- We had a great ARChive weekend
- New videos added!
- All Events Cancelled
- Is my Grandfather a WW2 hero?
- The ARC Angels at work!
- Heritage Skills Netbag Making
- Join us for our ARChive weekend
- Heritage craft events at the ARC
- Ready for the New Year!
- Log Book Challenge
We had a great ARChive weekend
The ARC hosted a wonderful archive weekend in early March, showcasing the multitude of Guiding items from across the 110 year history and giving members a chance to get hands-on with exploring the archive.
The aim of the weekend was to develop a timeline of Girlguiding Norfolk history, using the many objects available in the collection. This gave way to a collaborative approach, where younger members were able to combine their technology skills with the wealth of Guiding knowledge the ARC ladies had to contribute. This resulted in the creation of an amazing timeline booklet with photos fresh from the archive, ready to share knowledge across the Girlguiding community.
It was my first time visiting the ARC after hearing many great things, and it did not disappoint! The lovely volunteers immediately enthused everyone about the collection and made the research project so interesting with all the quirky facts they remember. The Guides loved trying on and posing in uniforms that were worn decades before them. I admired the vast array of challenge badges that Norfolk Guiding has produced, as well as observing the rigorous archiving skills being put into practice.
The other focus of the weekend was International Women’s Day, where we read out inspirational quotes and heard inspiring stories from the ladies who had joined the weekend. The first was Leslie (all the way from Edinburgh!) who told us about her perseverance with researching Guiding’s early days and how she has built up a detailed website to share all this knowledge. One of the leaders shared how she became involved with with international guiding and helped to lead a group to Ghana to carry out volunteering in their community, and the extraordinary difference this made to the children there. One of the ARC’s volunteers described how she battled her way into a career in air traffic control, which was heavily male-dominated at that time and took a lot of determination for her to succeed.
Finally, the archive weekend made a very clever link to science. Patteson Lodge welcomed a fabulous storyteller (who has a background in a genetics laboratory) who engaged everyone with a family history story: was Grandfather the war hero his family thought? We learnt how DNA testing can be used to help us understand more about our own history, as well as the practical side of doing so.
by Jasmine Downes