Museum of Scouting
Location: Gilwell Park, UK
Client: The Scouts Association
Timescale: Planned completion 2019
Size: Combined 1,600m²
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This project was won in an international architecture competition, and when complete, will create a new museum and visitor centre for The Scout Association at their headquarters in Gilwell Park. The scheme includes an exhibition space, a climate controlled archive store, and a new café and shop.

Gilwell Park has a rich history and was the first place where Scout Leaders were trained and issued with Baden-Powell’s famous ‘Wood Badge’. As well as being the TSA headquarters the site is a Scout Activity Centre and the spiritual home of Scouting worldwide, with regular large ‘jamborees’ and festivals.

Our design will create a place of celebration on the site by centering the scheme around a colourful ‘Big Tent’, with Scout neckerchiefs below to represent the troops on site. A new tower will act as a beacon to guide visitors along a heritage trail, as well as being a clock tower, a bell tower and a stack-effect ventilation chimney for the proposed heritage centre.

The scheme is rooted in Scout History to create a colourful and fun heart to UK Scouting.

Tate Harmer were a clear winner of the competition. They really understood the spirit of the Scouting movement and how this could be brought together in our new museum.”

Mark Hislop, Commercial Director at The Scout Association