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Pearson and Baden-Powell: A Power Partnership

This is a joint talk between the Association of Anaesthetist’s Heritage Centre, Blind Veterans UK and The Scouts.

Robert Baden-Powell’s imagination and Arthur Pearson’s business acumen took Scouting from 20 pilot participants to a Movement which had over 100,000 members within two years. With the loss of his own sight, Pearson reached out to the Scouts for help. Putting the Scout Law into action, with the first ever Scout job day, they raised funds to translate and produce Braille books and newspapers.

Rob Baker’s talk further explores the connections between the founder of Blind Veterans UK, Sir Arthur Pearson, and The Scouts founder, Robert Baden-Powell. Hear how Scouts played an important role with the rehabilitation of the newly blinded men of the First World War.

This is a recording of a previous event, which will be sent to you after you complete your booking.

About the speakers

Caroline Pantling

As Head of Heritage Services for The Scouts, Caroline is passionate about sharing the inspiring, surprising and entertaining stories which make up the Movement’s amazing heritage. The Scouts heritage collection was established in 1918 to mark the tenth anniversary of the organisation. It now encompasses over 250,000 items from Robert Baden-Powell’s caravan to artwork created by Cubs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to taking up her current role in 2014 Caroline has previously worked at the National Army Museum, West Berkshire Heritage Service, Museums Sheffield, Norwich Castle Museum and The National Trust’s Souter Lighthouse.

Rob Baker

Rob trained as an archivist at Aberystwyth University and has subsequently worked at organisations including the National Archives and the Royal Society of Arts. He has been at Blind Veterans UK since 2011, where he has responsibility for the charity’s historical material dating back to its founding in 1915.