Heritage Open Day and Official Opening of the ARC

  CELEBRATING GIRLGUIDING NORFOLK’S EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN

Archive collection inspired by the Patteson sisters to be officially opened on Heritage Open Day

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September, 2018

The memory of guiding pioneers Beth and Philippa Patteson will be celebrated when Girlguiding Norfolk officially opens its collection of guiding treasures to mark Heritage Open Day.

The sisters, members of a wealthy brewing family in Norfolk, gave their estate and family home, Great Hautbois House in Coltishall, to the guiding movement in the 1980s. They were hugely influential in the early days of guiding, which began in 1910, and devoted their lives to Brownies and Guides at home and all over the world.

Heritage Open Day visitors to Girlguiding Norfolk’s Archive Resource Centre – which was built on land given by the Patteson sisters – will get the chance to discover more about Beth,  Philippa and other pioneering women with the movement.

Carol Bundock, President of Girlguiding Norfolk, will officially open the ARC collection at 2.30pm on Saturday 8th September.

A grant of £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled the ARC to employ two professional staff to help preserve and catalogue this unique collection of guiding memorabilia and to bring it to life in living history sessions.

A team of eight volunteers has also been working hard to preserve 5000 fabric items in the collection – including flags, camp blankets and uniforms – which have been packed carefully and frozen to kill off insects.

The collection includes some precious early logbooks from the Sandringham Guide Company, which contain messages from and photographs of royal family members, examples of early Guide and Brownie uniforms and thousands of badges, books and trophies.

County archivist Helen Green said it was particularly apt for the ARC team to get involved with the Heritage Open Day theme of Extraordinary Women this year.

“The Patteson sisters were hugely influential in the village of Coltishall, in Norfolk, nationally and indeed internationally in the world of guiding,” said Helen.  “Their generosity and interest in the Movement means we are fortunate to enjoy our history in an engaging way at the Archive Resource Centre.”

There will be lots of treasures on display over the two days and the chance to try on different Brownie and Guide hats through the ages. One unusual exhibit will be some rush-fibre string made by Guides in Africa who were visited by Beth in 1960 when she travelled there to help with training.

The ARC will be open from 10am-4pm on both Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September. The official opening of the collection by Carol Bundock will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday.

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