THE Girl Guiding Centenary Exhibition currently showing at the Colne Valley Museum is a fascinating trip down memory lane for many ex-Guides, Brownies and Guiders – and anyone else interested in the movement.
Items such as uniforms from down through the ages, the history of the movement – from the original idea of Boy Scouts created by Lord Baden Powell – scrapbooks created for badge work, campfire blankets, badge collections and photographs of camps, awards, parades and all the other exciting events that populate the Girl Guide calendar are recorded, plus up-to-the-minute information on what this pioneering organisation is doing now.
Most of the items on display are from local Girl Guide companies, Brownie Packs and Rainbow groups, collected by Susan Whitwam, a museum member.
Susan was a Golcar Girl Guide and then became the unit Guider for the 19th Huddersfield Golcar Church Guides and is now a member of the Trefoil Guild.
She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Girl Guide and then as a Guider. I think that Guiding is an exciting and forward-looking movement, built on the principles established by its founder, Lord Baden-Powell, to teach young people how to be independent and have the confidence to express themselves. It gives a valuable opportunity for young people to learn to work together and have fun at the same time.”
The exhibition is on this weekend from 2 to 5pm and every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday until April 18.