HISTORY - Oral History

"When I was a Guide..."

mic.jpg Ever wondered what it was like to be a Brownie or Guide or Ranger years ago? If you have, this is your chance to play detective. We want to challenge your unit to add a piece to our Historical Jigsaw and to find out.

The challenge, which will run from now until Easter 2008, is to send a postcard to your local old people's home to introduce your unit and the project, and then to go in and talk to people and record their experiences of guiding. We'll provide you with everything you need, and give you training on how to interview and record people's stories. Find out who did what, when they did what, and why they did what! Everyone who takes part will earn one of our heritage badges. For more information and a challenge pack, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (and see contact details on the back page).

Meet the Committee

Two members of the committee recently put their newly honed interviewing skills to the test when they met a number of the vice-presidents of Girlguiding Norfolk. Kimberley and Pamela were invited to join the vice-presidents at Patteson Lodge where they told them about what they had done as part of the Historical Jigsaw so far, and they then had the opportunity to interview a number of the ladies present, and to learn about their experiences of guiding. Margaret Robinson showed her old Guide tie, and Anne Carter reminisced about her camping experiences.

Kirstie and Evie practise their interviewing skills on one another

and then the real thing!
Anne Carter, Pamela, Kimberley and Margaret Robinson at Patteson Lodge during the Vice-Presidents tea.



We have been delighted to have received training from the Norfolk Record Office's Sound Archive department to help in the Oral History aspect of our project. They have been really helpful to us and do appreciate being able to borrow their equipment too.