Please note that due to the current restrictions caused by the Coronavirus the Heritage Service has no access to the Heritage collection.

Members of the Heritage Team have been furloughed which means we are currently unable to offer the Enquiries Service.

The Scouts Heritage Service, 14 May 2020

The Scouts Heritage Service runs an Enquiries Service to support users with research into the history of Scouting.  Typical enquiries include research into group or district histories, information about Scouting events and identifying objects.

The Enquiries Service is led by our Heritage Research and Engagement Coordinator. We aim to make an initial response to your enquiry within five working days. If you would like to contact us about an aspect of Scout heritage please provide us with as much information as possible to aid our research.  We do not charge for this service however if you able to make a donation to support the ongoing care and development of the Heritage Collection we do welcome your support.  You can donate here, please select Heritage Support from the drop down menu.

The Heritage Service has limited capacity, if we believe the enquiry will take a large amount of staff time we may invite you to visit Gilwell Park to conduct your own research visit.

Data Protection

Please note that we can only release information about individuals in line with GDPR regulations.  This means that we cannot release information about individuals who are still living without their prior consent.

As we don’t necessarily know whether an individual is deceased we have a blanket policy that we don’t release data for people who could be under 100 years old.  As of 2020 this means that we cannot release information about:

  • Leaders after 1940.
  • Scouts after 1930
  • Cubs after 1928

Where we have group records for instance registration documents we can release these once we have removed all personal data.


Please note that the Scout Heritage Service cannot provide monetary valuations of historic material or memorabilia.  This is in accordance with the Museums Association’s Code of Ethics.