A new exhibition has opened at Epping Forest District Museum that celebrates 100 years of scouting at Gilwell Park.
Opened by Vice Chairman
The exhibition private view took place on Thursday 8 August and was opened by Epping Forest District Council Vice Chairman Councillor Helen Kane, Scout Association Trustee Gareth Davies and Scout Ambassador and Polar Explorer, Dwayne Fields.
Councillor Helen Kane said: “Gilwell Park’s Scouting centenary has given us a fantastic opportunity to explore one of Epping Forest’s hidden histories and discover how important this area is for the global Scout community.”
Spiritual home of Scouting
The exhibition explores how Gilwell Park came to be regarded as the spiritual home of Scouting and how this quiet corner of Epping Forest become known around the globe.
Images and objects from The Scouts Heritage Collection, which are usually kept in storage, will be on display for the first time. This includes items owned by The Scouts Founder, Robert Baden-Powell which include the Kudu Horn he brought back from Africa and used at the experimental Brownsea Island Scout Camp in 1907.
Today 60,000 young people a year visit Gilwell Park Scout Adventure Centre in Epping Forest and the magic of Gilwell still captivates and charms visitors inspiring them to achieve their potential.
Exhibition until October
The exhibition will be on display at Epping Forest District Museum until 12 October 2019.