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Girlguiding celebrations at Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham
Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth and her guiding staff in 1938 with the North East Lancashire Standard
Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth (third left) and her guiding staff in 1938 with the North East Lancashire Standard

Girl Guides are celebrating their centenary with an exhibition about one of the movement's Lancashire pioneers.

The display at Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham is about the life of Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth.

She believed that girls should have an organisation like the boy scouts and set up groups for girls in the 1920s.

Miss Rachel was appointed north east Lancashire's first County Commissioner for the Girl Guides' Association in 1916.

From her appointment as County Commissioner, Miss Rachel started new Girl Guides' companies, found and trained leaders, and allowed rallies and camps to be hosted at the Hall.

She also travelled throughout the county to promote the benefits of the organisation and was the first Heraldry Adviser when she came up with the idea that there should be heraldic-style standards to represent the guides.

As well as advising on design and layout, she also worked on many of them herself.

Gawthorpe Hall
Built between 1600 and 1605
Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament, redesigned the interior and grounds in the 1850s
Pugin designed furniture and wallpaper for the Hall
Author Charlotte Brontë stayed at the Hall in 1850 and 1855
Has the most important textile collection outside of London - collected by Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth

One of the most famous is the North East Lancashire Standard, which includes the Victorian motto from above the front door of Gawthorpe Hall.

Andrea Cottam, East Lancashire's current County Commissioner said: "Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth was a true pioneer of Guiding in Lancashire East, then known as The County of North East Lancashire. As our first County Commissioner she held office for 31 years, through two world wars and in difficult times.

"Her vision, determination, inspiration and encouragement laid the foundations of what we have today."

Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth was the last member of her family to live at Gawthorpe Hall until her death in 1967.

On display at Gawthorpe Hall will be many items not usually seen including Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth's hand-drawn designs for banners, county badges, a 1923 girl guide sampler, original guide uniform, photographs and other memorabilia.

The exhibition runs until 31 October 2010.

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