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During 2009-2010 the Guiding Movement celebrates its 100th birthday. The Girl Guides, originally called Girl Rangers, came into being in 1909. Robert Baden-Powell had launched the idea of Boy Scouts two years earlier at a Rally at Brownsea Island, Dorset. A small group of girls attended and requested that they also wanted “something for girls”. 100 years later the Girl Guides have a global membership of over 10 million girls and women.

On Saturday 20th March Stranraer Museum opens the exhibition “Guiding Memories” which celebrates the establishment and achievements of the Wigtownshire Girl Guide companies. The first Wigtownshire company was set up in 1916 in Newton Stewart – two years before women even had the vote. On display will be photographs, early scrapbooks including images and maps of the very first rally held at Craighlaw, Kirkcowan in 1925. A collection of uniforms and badges have kindly been loaned for the exhibition. Guiding games and activity sheets of the past and present will be available. Recording sheets will be provided to record your memorable moments as a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide for prosperity – perhaps they will be on display for the next 100 years celebration!

The exhibition runs until 19th June 2010 and admission is free.