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Perth & Kinross Guides celebrate their centenary at Stanley Mills

30 March 2010

Rainbows, Brownies and Guides in Perth and Kinross are being given the chance to step back in time at Stanley Mills and get a taste of what life was like there during the last hundred years, to tie with the founding of the Girl Guide movement in 1910.

The special activity days – called “A Hundred Years of History” - have been created to support Girlguiding Perth and Kinross celebrate Girlguiding’s centenary.  One hundred years ago, Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement was persuaded by his sister to introduce a programme for girls and young women.  

So far two groups have taken part in the activity days which include finding out why the Mill changed from waterwheels to turbines to power the Mills, what materials were made there and how to weave, and becoming archaeologists and surveying the Mill..

The groups were also taken on a tour of the Mills by the ‘1950’s’ Junior Guides from the village.  They also listened and took part in stories and songs from the 1930s and 40s with Nell Hannah,  a former worker from Stanley Mills and now a storyteller, .

Fiona Davidson, Education Officer, Historic Scotland said: “This is an excellent  way to give the girls a taste of what life was like at Stanley Mills during the last one hundred years.  We are passionate about providing activities that bring the past to life in a fun, interactive way and show children how much life has changed. In a social context, women over thirty only got the right to vote in 1918, eight years later.”

Nicky McIntyre, Guider, 1st Balbeggie Brownies and Rainbows said: “We arrived at Stanley Mills to travel back in time by one hundred years. This was to coincide with our guiding centenary and give the Rainbows and Brownies an insight into what life was like back then.  The children loved the interactive wheels and hoists, listened intently to the stories and asked for copies of the songs to take home.  They donned hard hats, had a go at being ‘archaeologists’ and also learned how to weave.  They had a great day out and learned a lot!”

Brownies at Stanley Mills
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