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Book - The Brownie Guide Handbook

The Brownie Guide Handbook

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1970s (written)
    1972 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brambleby, Ailsa (Written by)
    The Girl Guides Association (published by)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Eleanor Lloyd (Dhiraprabha)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Brownie Guide Handbook was owned by a girl called Nancy when she was a Brownie Guide in the 1970s. The Brownies were one of the youth movements started by Robert Baden-Powell in 1914 as the younger version of the Girl Guides.
They were originally called Rosebuds but the name proved unpopular and was changed to Brownies, named after the helpful little creatures that appeared in fairy story, 'The Brownies And Other Tales' written in 1879 by Mrs Juliana Ewing. The handbook tells a Brownie all the things they will be expected to know and do including a list of all the badges a Brownie can gain and instructions for how to achieve them.

Physical description

Paperback book with textured cover. The front and back covers are colour printed, the top third of both covers is brown, the middle section blue and the bottom section yellow. The front of the book has an illustration of a Brownie in her uniform and the blue background has smaller pictures of Brownies performing various duties and activities such as painting and gardening.. The back cover has a Brownie motif in the blue section. the book is printed with colour illustrations throughout and explains that one can expect from being a Brownie, from explaining how the group came about to what skills badges you can attain to how to wear and keep your uniform.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1970s (written)
1972 (published)


Brambleby, Ailsa (Written by)
The Girl Guides Association (published by)

Marks and inscriptions

Nancy Lloyd /
1st Pack/
Welwyn Garden/
City Hertforshire/
6 High Oaks Road
hand written in pen on inside cover.


hand drawn in pencil


Width: 15.5 cm, Height: 21.5 cm, Depth: 1 cm

Object history note

This handbook was owned by Nancy Lloyd, sister of the donor. There were four sisters who all went to Bronies and Guides in Welwyn Garden City in the 1970s.

Descriptive line

The Brownie Guide Handbook, 1972 version, printed by W.S. Cowell Ltd, Butten Market Ipswich, owned by Nancy Lloyd, 1970s.


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