Modelling old uniforms for Spectacular photoshoot was an (itchy) trip back in time!

Glasgow Senior Section member Eilidh Baxter blogs about modelling old uniforms for a new range of posters created for The Senior Section Spectacular centenary celebrations.

My first modelling experience was certainly one to remember! At first it was a little bit nerve-wracking thinking our faces would be plastered all over Girlguiding Scotland posters the length and breadth of the country, but the whole experience was such a laugh that I soon relaxed.

And as soon as I tried on my uniforms – the first ever uniform for Senior Guides, created in 1916, and the one designed by Jeff Banks which The Senior Section wore in the 1990s – I felt I had been transported back to the last century!

My friends Iona, Annie and Maria all wore different outfits too as the posters cover all the different uniforms from the section’s beginnings through to the present day.

The older uniforms felt very sophisticated with their little berets and neat skirts and jumpers – however I found some of them a bit restrictive, not to mention how itchy some of the old heavy fabrics were!  I was feeling uncomfortable after just ten minutes and I cannot imagine wearing them for hours on end, especially to put up tents and or sit around the bonfire.

It just shows how guiding – and society – has changed over the years, and makes me very grateful to be a part of it today when we can wear comfy jeans and tops!

Being a member of The Senior Section gives me fantastic opportunities – stepping back in time to try on old uniforms is just one of them. All of us will remember the day we modelled a piece of history for the rest of our lives!

You can download the posters here or read more about the fantastic events, challenges and opportunities available as we celebrate 100 years of guiding’s oldest section.