The idea of creating an Archive Unit came about following the closure of a Scout Group in the County which was founded in the 1920’s. After the closure of the Group it was revealed that all documentation and memorabilia had simply been thrown away. This was deemed unacceptable and so a group of Senior West Yorkshire Scouters came together to try and make sure this never happened again and quickly formed an Archive Unit. In 2005 it was agreed that the unit would be centralised and housed at Bradley Wood.
Aims & Objectives
To preserve and catalogue the history and heritage of Scouting in West Yorkshire for future generations which would include anything from the original concept of Scouting in Yorkshire in 1908 to the present day.
To provide access to present day Scouters to view the contents of the archive for pleasure or research.
Where are we based ?
We are based at the County Campsite, Bradley Wood Scout Activity Centre. Within the Jubilee Centre we have displays located around the building plus two dedicated rooms with items permanently displayed for viewing.
What is in the archives?
All historical artefacts & documents found or donated relating to Scouting in West Yorkshire as well as items with a broader Scouting interest. These include a unique Challenge flag presented to the then Boy Scouts Association by the Duke of Connaught in 1911, a 1900 Baden-Powell Pub Table made to commemorate the Siege of Mafeking, around 100 Scout uniforms from 1908 onwards, numerous Trophies, 4 vintage Scout Trek Carts, Badges, Photos , Books etc plus hundreds of other interesting artefacts. We have also started to create files on Scouting individuals and their memories from the past. (With their permission of course)
Preserving the past for the future
Everything we have is catalogued and stored securely.
A booklet detailing the History of Scouting in West Yorkshire has been produced.
How have we helped with the programme ?
We try to be interactive with the present day members of Scouting and put on displays at large County events such as Big Camp.
We also recognise that we have a part to play in promoting Scouting to the wider community and have supplied vintage Scouting items for a WW1 display at a local church as well as doing talks and displays for other groups.
What can we offer you?
A guided tour can be offered to anyone who asks. We can also do static displays for any groups or organisations at their meeting place.
We can supply mannequins with uniforms as well as display boards showing the history of Scouting in West Yorkshire as well as other items.
We may also be able to supply you with information about your Group or District.
How can you help us
We would be pleased to hear from you if you think you might hold any artefacts, documentation or knowledge of anything associated to West Yorkshire Scouting.
How to contact us
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Post – Bradley Wood Scout Camp Site and Activity Centre, Shepherds Thorn Lane, Brighouse, HD6 3TU