Kids in Museums Takeover Sleepover at the ARC

Thirteen Guides from nine different Norfolk units took over the Girlguiding Norfolk Archive & Resource Centre for a weekend as part of the national ‘Kids in Museums Takeover’ initiative in November.

The girls spent a day discovering Girlguiding history in Norfolk with the ARC team and slept at Patteson Lodge before creating their own  exhibitions of uniforms, badges, books and documents from the archive.

They spent Saturday exploring the contents of the archives, learning to recognise destructive bugs, seeing how archive items are categorised and conserved, and thinking about the best ways to share information with visitors. Finally, they chose the topic which interested them most.

On Sunday the Guides prepared their exhibitions and the laminator got red hot! Just as the finishing touches were made, an invited audience of family, friends and Trefoil Guilders arrived to experience a variety of subjects from the Guides’ displays, including past uniforms and badges, a recent WW1 play, Brownie annuals, 1940s First Aid, and Queens Guides. Many of the Guides also involved their audience even more by running quizzes and themed activities.

Participating in the Takeover Sleepover meant some of the Guides were able to achieve their Baden Powell Adventure certificates, and all the girls received a Kids In Museums certificate, an ARC Treasure badge and a unique Kids in Museums ARC Takeover badge in a ceremony at the end of the day.

Visitors commented,

‘Wonderful, the girls spoke so beautifully about their chosen topics’

‘’Fantastic displays. Wonderful opportunity to reflect on Guiding through the ages and the impact it has had for so many girls and young women’

‘’Lovely to see the enthusiasm of the girls and their pride in their work’

Rachel Duffield, ARC Learning & Outreach Officer said,

“Kids in Museums is all about helping young people feel confident in a heritage setting and the ARC is the ideal location to do just that. We are thrilled that the Guides participated so enthusiastically in discovering and sharing Norfolk’s Guiding history as part of national Takeover Day’

Helen Green, County Archivist, said,

“The young people rose to the challenge of being trusted to look after and share our treasures brilliantly. They learned skills this weekend that they can apply to daily living as well as in heritage settings – and just as importantly they had great fun doing it!”

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