Be Prepared – exhibition at Hackney Museum charts 100 Years of the 14th Hackney Scout Group

Hackney Museum has joined with the Scout Group to put on its latest temporary exhibition - ‘Be Prepared - 100 Years of the 14th Hackney Scout Group .

The 14th Hackney Scout Group was begun by the Reverend Trask in 1911, four years after the Scout movement was started by Baden Powell, and celebrates a century of scouting this year. Since 1952 the Den, in Mare Street, has been the hub for all scout activities.

The scout group is estimated to have had around 4000 members during their first 100 years. Architect Paul Paget, son of the Bishop of Chester who was appointed as surveyor to St. Paul s Cathedral was one the original and youngest members. Now, there are currently 91 youngsters (boys and girls) and a loyal core of adult leaders and helpers.

Hackney has links to the Baden Powell family going back to the late 18th century. They lived in a house in Lower Clapton Rd and Baden Powell’s father was born in Stamford Hill. He married his first wife Eliza Rivaz in St.John-at-Hackney Church. Baden Powell, who was the twelfth child, also has a community school in Clapton named after him.

Visitors to Hackney Museum can rediscover the display of uniforms, banners, badges, certificates and photographs. If you were a past member, you may even recognise yourself in one of them.

Before the free exhibition gets underway later this month, the 14th Hackney Scout Group are looking for past members to get in touch and join the birthday weekend celebrations on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May. Events include a camp fire, tree-planting and a service at St John-at–Hackney Church. For more information visit website or send an email to

Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services, Cllr Jonathan McShane said: “Hackney’s link to the founder of the Scouts, Sir Robert Baden Powell, highlights how rich Hackney’s history is. It’s wonderful that the 14th Hackney Scout Group is celebrating their 100 year anniversary with an exhibition at the Hackney Museum. If you were a past member, please do get in touch and get involved or just come along and find out more about the Scouts in Hackney.”

The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for young people aged 6-25. The Scouts believe young people develop most when they are learning by doing, when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves.

Hackney Museum is located at the Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9.30 – 5.30pm. Thursday 9.30 – 8pm. Saturday 10 – 5pm. Sunday, Monday, Bank Holidays closed.

For further information about the council run Hackney Museum contact or call 020 8350 3000. You can also visit Hackney Council’s website at

Exhibition details

What: Be Prepared 100 Years of the 14th Hackney Scout Group exhibition

When: 25 May – 3 September 2011

Where Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ

Admission is free and the exhibition is open to all the family.