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Pushing Boundaries


On the 23rd of April 2016 Pushing Boundaries exhibition opens at The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

The exhibition traces the history of Girlguiding Cymru from its establishment in 1910 to the present day. Using photographs and original items from the Girlguiding Cymru archive as well as the Library’s collections we will look at how the movement has pushed the boundaries and impacted on the lives of girls over the years.

Linda Tomos, National Librarian, The National Library of Wales said:

“This is a fascinating exhibition which explores how Girlguiding has influenced perceptions about what girls and young women are capable of achieving. I am delighted that the partnership with Girlguiding Cymru and the People’s Collection Wales had suceeded in raising awareness of the work of this wonderful organisation.”

Viv Craig, Deputy Chief Commissioner  GirlGuiding Cymru added:

“Girlguiding Cymru is extremely excited about the forthcoming exhibition ‘Pushing Boundaries’, to be held in The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. It is the culmination of two years of work in partnership with the Library.  Girlguiding has benefitted enormously from the expertise and knowledge that the Library has shared with them, from developing and digitising its archive, sharing the details on the Peoples Collection Wales, to gaining national qualifications through the learning and intergenerational work that has taken place.  Great relationships have been formed throughout this partnership which Girlguiding hopes will continue and flourish well into the next decade.  As a result of all this work, Leaders have come to appreciate the value of Libraries – Girlguiding couldn’t have done this work without the Library’s support.”

Recognition of this partnership has been acknowledged by the Heritage Lottery Fund enabling Girlguiding to continue working with the Library to develop current technology using iBeacons and apps to promote the ‘Young Roots’ heritage in Guiding in Wales.

In the show you will get a chance to see:

  • Some of the uniforms worn by girls when the organisation first began
  • The rugby ball that was transported around each of the Girlguiding Counties before the start of last year’s world cup
  • The plane pull which raised money for the air ambulance
  • How girls of today ‘push boundaries’
  • The tapestry depicting Girlguiding through the years, made by the Welsh Trefoil Guild

The exhibition will be opened officially on the 23rd of April by Girlguiding Cymru Chief Commissioner Lesley Mathews.

The exhibition will be open to the public until the beginning of September – come along and learn about how Girlguiding Cymru has changed the lives of girls -pushing boundaries along the way.

Editor’s Notes

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with 559,996 members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No. 306016.

Further Information

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The exhibition is open 23.04.16 to 03.09.16

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