See what the teachers did there? Annotated Biblography – haha.
Here is my complete list of resources that I used to delve into the depths of Lady Baden Powell’s life.
A short history of Guiding and Scouting, some interesting quotes and pictures. There’s not much in-depth here though, and the main focus is clearly not Lady BP. This was useful because it has directions to a timeline, but I didn’t need to reference it much.
Newspaper articles! We love more types of media. This was actually a very useful article in helping me explain the relevance of Girl Guides to the rest of the world, and how they really did make a change. Some nicely integrated quotes and the author of the article was a guide herself. Great facts about guides in World War II.
This website explains many of the different Guiding awards and how to get them in a helpful pdf link. Here’s where I learned about the Silver Fish award! Not much info about anything else though.
The partially complete online version of Lady BP’s biography, Window on my Heart. Contains the first six chapters, but a great resource especially if you’re trying to figure out how to find her book (it’s not in Poirier Public library, my local library) and trying to do research at the same time. Very helpful and is basically one huge insight into her life!
They don’t have any picture of Lady BP’s autobiography online, but the book itself (which I borrowed from a very kind Guider) is probably the most fantastic resource you can get. Lady BP’s reflections on her journal show insight into her life that she may not even have known until later! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about her, it is a must.
This book, The Story of the Girl Guides, gives very realistic examples of what Guiding was like for the girls in its early stages in the UK. Unfortunately, the edition is rather old and overlaps with its chapters. It also jumps between different time periods without indication of which one you are in so it is rather confusing. I wouldn’t recommend reading this entirely, but flipping through some pages might give you an interesting fact or two.
Newspaper clippings, short informative books, expense bills and old Girl Guide promotion posters:
I found several of these things when I did my interview with the archive committee. They were brilliant, and helped me find more resources than I could see overtop of in their storage spaces. I looked through countless posters, Thinking Day worksheets that asked young girls, “What was Olave’s first instrument to play?” and “How many ways can you cook an egg?” that had scribbly Spark or Brownie writing on it from at least the early 1990s if not older. There were also four books about Olave’s life in Chesterfield (where she lived as a child), her world tours, the 75th anniversary of Guiding and a complete alphabetized encyclopedia about Girl Guide terminology, tradition and history. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any of these books online. However, I would recommend anyone wanting to learn more about Lady BP to go to the archive committee after some preliminary research because you can really go in depth with information there.