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Scouting Heritage

Remembering the past, embracing the future

Have you ever wondered what Scouts in the past wore, thought or did? The Scouts Heritage Collection holds over 250,000 photographs, diaries, letters and objects which tell the story of over 100 years of Scouting activities.

This mass of material illustrates the story of Scouting from its earliest days as a concept developed from Lord Baden Powell’s bestseller ‘Scouting for Boys’. The Collection documents the changes the movement has undergone and demonstrates the ways in which Scouting has built on Lord Baden Powell’s original idea to stay as relevant and engaging for young people as it was back in 1908.

How Scouting grew

Scouting has never stood still. Find out more on how it started and continues to grow.

How Scouting grew >
Our Heritage Collections

The Heritage Collection helps create connections between the past and present.

Our collections >
Online exhibitions

Find out more about our fascinating history in our online exhibitions.

Take a look at our online exhibitions >
Gilwell Park

Gilwell Park is the spiritual home of Scouts, attracting visitors from around the world.

Discover Gilwell Park >
Donate an item to the Collection

We welcome donations of photographs, items and records.

Find out how to donate >
Notable former Scouts

A list of notable people, who at some time have been Scouts

Discover some former Scouts >