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Guiding in Dumfriesshire

In 1909 the seeds of Guiding were sown when a group of girls turned up uninvited at a Scout rally at Crystal Palace in London, and persuaded Lord Baden Powell to “do something for the girls”. This exhibition explores what that “something” was, and how it changed the lives of many local girls and young women.
 
In Dumfriesshire the first registered Guide Company was established at Dumfries Academy in 1912. This was followed by a unit in Lockerbie in 1914. The first Brownie Pack was formed in Annan in 1919.
 
After this units opened up all over Dumfriesshire and at one time there were around 140 units. The first County Commissioner, The Lady Sybil Scott of Langholm, was appointed in 1918 and the first County President was the Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry.
 
A local guider explains, “Today there are 54 units throughout the County, and in our centenary year we continue to be relevant to the needs of our girls, provide a unique girl only space, promote equality and diversity and give girls and young women a voice.”
 
This exhibition, hosted by Dumfries Museum, is presented by Girlguiding Dumfriesshire and forms part of the the Centenary Celebrations.
This exhibition finishes on "Saturday 10th April", admission is Free!