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  • 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


    and thoughts from one of our volunteers about the weekend…. 
    I was amazed at the way Emily could handle the information I was throwing at her and putting it into a document on the computer. She was also able to take photos and adjust them appropriately using the photo scan app we have on the notebook – very well done. The girls were all very responsive to everything – they were very impressive.  
    Emily deserves to be an ARC Angel! 
    by Christine Turner, ARC volunteer



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