Discovering Scouting Heritage
Frequently asked questions about how to find out more about Scouting’s amazing story and visiting Gilwell Park.
Is there a museum at Gilwell Park of UK Scouting?
There isn’t currently a museum of UK Scouting. The small museum housed in Camp Square had to be closed in Spring 2016. The long term preservation of the items within it were endangered due to the light levels and humidity of the building. Plans are in development to build a Heritage Centre at Gilwell Park, the Centre will be entirely funded through external fundraising.
Are there any displays at BP House?
There aren’t any displays relating to Scouting heritage at BP House.
What can I see if I visit Gilwell Park?
Gilwell Park has an amazing Scouting story and on your visit you will be able to explore the site and see some of the iconic locations including: the Gidney Cabin, the Pigsty, the Leopard Gates, the Buffalo Lawn, the Gilwell Oak, the Training Ground, Camp Square and the Maori Arch. During the summer months you will be able to see Eccles, Baden-Powell’s caravan, in the winter months, due to its age and fragility, the caravan is sent to Rolls Royce who kindly store it and carry out any conservation work needed. There are information panels around the site explaining the history of nine of the most iconic locations. To help you find your way around, a Heritage Trail Map and an activity sheet for children are available to pick up from the White House reception.
Do you offer guided tours of Gilwell Park?
The Heritage Team is not able to offer guided tours of Gilwell Park. Our Heritage Trail Map and an activity sheet for children will guide you around the site and help you discover more about the history of the site.
Can we have a guided tour of the Collections Store?
We aren’t able to offer guided tours of the Collections Store for the following reasons.
• The environmental conditions in the store are carefully controlled and bringing groups of people into the store could cause fluctuations in the humidity levels.
• The increased level of storage in the store means there is very little space for groups of people to stand.
• Many of the items are boxed up and so on entering the store objects of interest are not on open display.
Why isn’t the Eccles Caravan on display all the time?
During the summer months you will be able to see Eccles at Gilwell Park. In the winter months, due to its age and fragility, the caravan is sent to Rolls Royce who kindly store it and carry out any conservation work needed.
Where is Jam Roll (Baden-Powell’s Rolls Royce)?
Jam Roll is not owned by The Scout Association. It was purchased by a charitable trust who work in collaboration with Rolls Royce to care for and preserve the car. Most of the year Jam Roll is at the Rolls Royce Museum in Derby.
What sort of information is on the Heritage website scoutsrecords.org ?
• Timelines of Scouting events, Chief Scouts and World Scout Jamborees
• A short biography of Robert Baden-Powell
• Introduction to the Heritage Collection
• Information about the Heritage Enquiries Service
• How to care for your Scouting Collections
• First and Second World War Rolls of Honour
• Information about specific areas of the Collection
• Online exhibitions
• How to donation to the Heritage Collection
• How to volunteer with the Heritage Service
How do I find out some interesting stories about Scouts?
Visit our website to discover amazing stories about Scouts. scoutsrecords.org has a number of current and archived online exhibitions. They cover the following topics;
• Roland Philipps: Scouter and Soldier
• Jack Cornwell: A True Scout
• History of Air Scouts
• History of Sea Scouts
• Sea Scouts work at Dunkirk
• RSS Discovery
• Scouting during the First World War
• Scouting during the Second World War
• Scouting for Girls
• The Scouts and the 1948 London Olympics
• Festival of Britain
• The Story of Helene Vagliano