£60,000 Heritage Lottery Success for the ARC!

We are delighted that Girlguiding Norfolk has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £60,000 to conserve and share our archives and develop the work of the ARC.

We hold one of the largest collections of Girlguiding memorabilia in the UK, from uniforms and badges to magazines and scrapbooks. Dating from 1911, there are over 10,000 items in the collection, including letters from Agnes Baden-Powell, sister of Scouts founder, Robert Baden-Powell, and President of the Girl Guide movement.

The money means that the archive will be catalogued, properly stored and made accessible to the public for the first time.  We intend that the ‘OUTARC’ project will widen the use of the ARC by opening regularly for research and the wider community. OUTARC will transform archive highlights into a ‘Museum in a Box’ for schools, Girlguiding units in the county, and the general public, along with a pop up exhibition for display. Local schools will be offered tailored sessions on the work of the Norfolk guides during the Second World War.

Young guides will be trained to interview and capture the memories of older members to add to and enhance the archive. The intergenerational groups will work together to deliver ‘Traditions Activities’ – the heritage skills practised to gain badges, such as knot tying, hoisting a flag and pitching a tent – for groups across the county.

A new heritage trail around the county, exploring the history of the Norfolk Guides over the last 100 years, will be created from contributions of members of all ages. The project will also create reminiscence boxes for visits to care centres and residents’ homes to help people with dementia.

Have a look at our Heritage Resources to find out more about our archive.

Get in touch with the archivist@girlguidingnorfolk.org.uk if you want to know more about the project and get involved, or if you would like to become a volunteer at the ARC.


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