Celebrating 100 years of Brownies

 

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Congleton Museum is celebrating 100 years of the Brownie Guides, in style, with a fantastic new exhibition.  Documenting the last hundred years of the Brownies, the exhibition reveals some of the little known history of the organisation.

Lord Baden-Powell decided to create a junior section of the Girl Guides in 1914, for girls of 8 to 11 years old. First called ‘Rosebuds’, the girls had to pass a basic entrance test before they could take their promise.  They had to be able to wash up the tea things, hem a duster, and plait their own hair.  Originally in a uniform of dark blue, the Rosebuds were encouraged to contribute to the local community.

The name change to ‘Brownies’ occurred in 1915 at the request of the girls.  It was based on Mrs. Ewing’s story of little people who did good turns.  With the motto of ‘Lend a Hand’ the Brownies set out to do just that.

Over the next 100 years, hundreds of thousands of little girls have joined up to gain badges, help their communities and have lots of fun in the process.  “Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with 546,406 members,” said Cheshire Border Heritage Adviser, Ann Harris.  “We give girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives.”

The brand new promise of 2013 shows how the principles of the Brownies have little changed from 1914, with an emphasis on doing their best, helping other people and keeping the Brownie Guide Law.

The free-of-charge exhibition runs until 7th August, so be sure to pop in and take a look at the surprising history of the Brownie Guides.

Gone but not forgotten!

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Dr Joan Alcock, pictured with her brother, reminisces with guests at the ceremonial launch of ‘Congleton Through Time’ on 15th May. Joan was accompanied by Collections Manager Ian Doughty, who helped compile the book. Fun times were had and memories shared by all during the successful evening. ‘Congleton Through Time’ is available at the museum shop for £14.99.

German student group

German Group

Yesterday you met Jan and Jenny, two students from Germany. They are part of a group of eight German students undertaking work experience in Congleton over the next two weeks. The whole group is pictured during a training session at the museum. While Jan and Jenny are staying with us, other members of the group are working at Siemens, Max Spielmann Photography, Victoria Mill Antique Centre and Dane Plus Housing. With funding provided by the Leonardo Da Vinci fund, local professional Jane Ash, has been bringing small groups of European students to Congleton for the past four years. The students are housed with host families in the town while they take part in vocational training courses.

Volunteers from Germany

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We are Jenny Blaszczyk and Jan Müller, from Germany. Both of us are 19 years old. We are working at Congleton Museum for two weeks.

My co-worker Jenny and I, are translating some stories of the museum into German. We hope that we get a lot of work experience and a good cooperation with the museum.