County Museum

The Hertfordshire Scouts County Museum and Archive are situated at Well End Activity Centre. The Museum is a great place for those in Cubs to Network to spend some time to learn about the history of our County.

Visits can be used to help towards appropriate badge work for all sections.

The Museum is open via appointment only, please contact the County Archivist to arrange an appointment.

The Museum was opened on 14 July 1957 and is named after a very famous Hertfordshire Scout F. Haydn Dimmock (1895-1955) who lived in Welwyn Garden City. He was best known as Editor of the national weekly magazine The Scout. This was in publication 1908 – 1966 and holds the record as the longest running weekly magazine for boys in the world, never missing a printing for 58 years. Most of the 3016 copies are held in the Archive Cabin.

The Museum is continually being updated with new and extended displays and a quiz paper is available, designed to help young people understand the important and unique history of Hertfordshire as the first Scout County to be formed in the UK.

Archive material is constantly arriving from all sources and more frequently, Groups are asking me to take into safe keeping their Group archive material. Access to this material would remain available for reference purposes.

Frank Brittain

County Archivist