Vote for the County Archive!
Aviva Community Funding Bid for the County Archive
The County Archive has put in a bid for a grant from the Aviva Community fund. This money will be invaluable in helping the archive preserve the County’s important guiding history.
In order to be in with a chance of winning the funding, the archive needs your help! You can vote for the archive here and make sure that this deserving cause is in with a chance. It only takes a minute and make sure you share the link with friends and family too!
The following tells us a bit more about the Archive team, their plans and the exciting times ahead for the Oxfordshire Archive and Resource Centre.
The Oxfordshire Girlguiding Archive holds information and artefacts relating to the history of Guiding in Oxfordshire dating back to the founding of Guiding in 1910.
Until recently the archive was confined to a small cupboard in Jubilee House but this summer moved into a purpose built building, The OxARC (The Oxfordshire Archive and Resource Centre), next to the main building. Whilst the new building is ideal for storage of the archive, funding is needed in order to make the it accessible to all members of Girlguiding Oxfordshire as an interactive specialist small museum, both on-site at Jubilee House and with outreach visits to units and other groups across Oxfordshire.
An important priority for the Archive Team is to record and catalogue all the treasures held in safekeeping. The OxARC also needs storage shelves, display units, archive materials plus some IT equipment, in order to safeguard, share and show off the collection.
The archive is hugely valuable as a source of fun for units (dressing up in the old uniform is always popular!), but also a way for girls to learn about the history of Guiding and the historical contributions of Guides to their communities. However, it is not just the Guiding community that can benefit from the archive and we know that members of the public and professionals interested in social history, women’s roles, uniforms and textiles and children’s play and activities through the ages will find inspiration at the Oxfordshire Archive and Resource Centre.
At the OxARC we welcome the involvement of anyone with a passion or an interest in heritage and the enthusiasm to join the Archive Team in developing the OxARC further. We hope to offer everyone from Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and their leaders the chance to have ‘hands on’ experiences with some of our treasures when we open our doors. There will also be opportunities for work experience and for student placement as we develop the museum’s role in our community. Exciting Times lay ahead, especially if we have some financial support.
The Oxfordshire Girlguiding Archive Team know that by safeguarding and sharing the treasures in the collection they are not just preserving the ashes but are passing on the flame of tradition and heritage to future generations.