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October 2018



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Girl Guide Stories

In which I become a museum piece

I'm getting used to seeing items in museums which I still have and use at home. Now I find my early life is 'history' and children are given worksheets about it. As part of the Girl Guiding Centenary celebrations, our local museum has put on a small exhibition of Guiding in Dorset. This is the kind of uniform I wore. Where's the lanyard?

Here's what the pre-war Guide wore.

Of course she (and we) needed semaphore flags.

I still have this Brownie memorabilia. I'd completely forgotten about Brownie pennants until I saw one in a showcase.

By far the most charming part of the exhibition is a camping diorama. It was almost impossible to photograph all the dear little figures and the details but here's some anyway, with apologies for the quality.

Quartermaster's tent and meat safe.

Tripod. I think I could still make one.

Wooding patrol.

Boots on sticks.

Practising knots.

It's all a far cry from today's Guiding.


Oh, how lovely! Thank you for posting this.
My pleasure!
boots on sticks! I'd forgotten about that. Did they have a miniature grease trap in the camp too? yuck!
And 'camp gadgets' for putting your bedding on in the daytime!

I didn't notice a grease trap but they did seem to have a lat. tent. Only one amongst so many? We had hessian screens ISTR.
The uniform was practical, too; you could make a sling, knee or ankle bandage with the tie. When I think I was allowed to go around with a great clasp knife on my belt...

Hats are scarce! There were none in the exhibition. I have a nice photo somewhere of my m-i-l in one of those wide hats.
Gorgeous photos - the diorama ones are so cute.
I wish I could have got the whole thing in a pic. Everything was under glass which made it more difficult to photograph. Glad everyone likes it as much as I did!