A day at the Library

Having spent a day at the University of Cambridge Library I have come up with a couple of items of interest and lots of names. This time around, I was here in the early days of my research, many of them mean something to me.

The Voyage of the Noronel to Sweden in 1935 was an interesting expedition in its own right. Taking the Chief Scout for a sail topped the story.

Not Cambridge centred, but a letter from Capt Roland Philipps shortly before his death to a P/L was also ‘a find’.


Perne Road B-P

The bust of B-P on the front of the building at Perne Road has beena source of concern for a number of people.

There are most definitely plans to retain this when the site is sold.

I have now a history of where it came from and a page has been added. I would like to locate a clear picture of the building before it was inserted into the wall.

I do not understand the hands that clasp either side of the plaque.

I have also received a number of scout magazines from the 1960’s via John Woolfenden. Any other magazines or books I will welcome to the reference library building at the new HQ.


On this Day

Today, being the anniversary of D Day I completed a page on S/Sgt William Dillaway, an American Scout buried in the American Cemetery just outside Cambridge. See Individuals

See also the page on American support in 1942 in Local History WW1 / WW2


Continental coverage

Every continent but Antarctica; and that does not register on the map.

Reading between the lines of the stats I get many of the searches from America are the result of a close match and get no further than ‘Welcome’. Others seem to be a search using an obscure term (to which I plead guilty) such as axemanship. It is harder to read if these visitors were satisfied by what they found.

But some spend time looking at multiple pages – but since they don’t contact the site feedback is missing.

A small pause in the camping season so I can get one or two new pages up; a couple of ‘Individuals and new sources for school troops.

I hope to be working on the physical archive at District HQ soon so bring out your relics.


Camping Season and a new trophy

We are now into camping season and the pages will slow a little as I devote head-space to Family, Archery, District and Summer camp, and the other Summer camp, and things.

I have, however, found several modern County Trophies and most excitingly the Hele Trophy which is a carved stave in an exotic wood. I will add this to the pages although I have, as yet, incomplete information from the winners plaques and only a poor composite photograph.

‘Most excitingly’? – well maybe ‘very pleasing’. It is at least the only example of a ‘stave’ trophy I have come across in the County and any form is better than another cheap shield. The trophy should have worth in its deliberation and construction to reflect the work done by those competing.


Juvenile Employment Bureau

The Juvenile Employment Bureau was a body that advised on the placement on those leaving school at 14 onward. This booklet is undated but probably from the 1920’s and regularly mentions the bureau in conjunction with advice on local opportunities.

The Bureau had a member on the early Cambridge District Association Committee and it is suggested that they were supportive of badge work that specifically lead to improved employment opportunities. The Bureau appears to have been involved in developing the training opportunities to support the requirements of industry.

Amongst the best careers was the very popular Indian Civil Service requiring post graduate training; general clerks were stuck on three pounds a week and with decreasing places as mechanisation advanced; shorthand typists (female) in the Civil Service about 42/- and bonuses of about 26/- but the post must be relinquished on marriage.


BP in Cambridge in 1911

A set of photograph’s taken from the 1911 Scout Rally have now been published under ‘People/ BP in Cambridge / 1911’

Not great photo’s, but new to the internet and I have not seen them elsewhere.

The first of the two pieces of archival gold dust and far easier to publish. The second must wait awhile to be given shape and polished up.