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Heritage Volunteers

With over 250,000 individual items in the Collection the Heritage Team need some help with looking after the story of Scouting. We are in the process of developing a series of volunteer roles which will help us make the Collection more accessible and help preserve it for the future. For most roles no prior knowledge or skills would be required, we'll make sure you have all the relevant training and information you need. If you are interesting in volunteering with the Heritage Team please get in touch by emailing


Volunteering roles may include:



The Collection needs to the catalogued so we know what it contains. As new items come in they need to go through a process of documentation. This means a record is made for each item documenting what it is, where it has come from, who own it and any exciting or interesting information associated with the item. You could go from looking at a 1950s Scout Group photo album to a 1930s Wolf Cub badge collection to a 1990s Beaver Scout uniform. This role involves getting hands on with the Collection and require good attention to detail.


Photography and scanning

We need to create digital images of our Collection, as we live in an increasingly digital world we want to be able to increase on-line access to our Collection. The images you help create may be used on our website, in social media campaigns and be added to our Collection records. A competency with high-spec digital cameras would be an advantage for the photography element of this role. No prior skills or knowledge would be needed for scanning photographs, documents and other 2D material.



The Heritage Team deliver support with research projects and enquiries, volunteers could support individuals by delving into the Collection to try and track down facts about group histories, award winners or even Lord Baden-Powell himself. A person with an enquiring mind and a talent for detail would enjoy this challenging task.



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