See how the events unfolded to get Pax Lodge to where it is today.

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  • 1937- The World Committee decided that a Guide hostel should be built in London
  • 1938- The 'Pennies Appeal' raised enough money to buy three houses in Palace Street, one of which was to become the World Bureau and the other two London's first World Centre 
  • 1939- Our Ark was officially opened
  • 1957- The lease of Our Ark had nearly expired and the World Conference decided to raise an appeal and look for a new building. 
  • 1958- Our Ark moved to its new premises in Longridge Road, Earl's Court.
  • 1963- Our Ark celebrated its 25th Anniversary and was renamed Olave House as a tribute to the World Chief Guide.
  • 1978- The 23rd World Conference in Iran discussed plans to move the Centre yet again, to house it once more alongside the World Bureau in what was to become the Olave Centre Project. 
  • 1981- The Olave Centre Project found a site at 12c Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead 
  • 1985- The World Bureau at Lyndhurst Road officially opened. 
  • 1988- The last guests left Olave House and London's World Centre closed its doors after nearly 50 years.
  • 1988- The ground breaking ceremony for Pax Lodge was held. 
  • 1989- The foundation stone of Pax Lodge was laid on the 50th anniversary of Our Ark and 100 years after the birth of the World Chief Guide.
  • 1990- The official 'door opening' ceremony was held and Pax Lodge received its first guests. The World Centre was active again after a two-year break.

  • 091990 Pax Lodge_construction on the World Bureau
  • 031991 Pax Lodge first committee
  • 091990 Pax Lodge_construction on Pax Lodge
  • 1991- Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark officially opened Pax Lodge.
  • 1992- Pax Lodge hosted its first Juliette Low Seminar entitled 'We Cherish a Colourful World.' The first 'In the Footsteps of the Founder' session was held. This was to become an integral part of the Pax Lodge programme throughout the years to come. 
  • 1996- The 5th anniversary was celebrated by members of the Pax Lodge Committee, The World Bureau staff and many friends. 
  • 2000- The first International Adventure days took place.
  • 2001- The 10th anniversary, celebrated over a whole weekend, was attended by guests from around the world. A commemorative magnolia tree was planted on the front lawn by Pat Goodheart, Chairman of the Pax Lodge Committee. 
  • 2005- An interview with the Prime Minister's wife, Cherie Blair, for a documentary on Scouting and Guiding, was filmed in the garden of Pax Lodge.
  • 2006- Over 100 guests attended the 15th anniversary party. Many came to stay for several days and enjoyed specially organized events. 
  • 2009- Girl Guiding UK celebrated its Centenary. 
  • 2013- Olave Baden Powell's Pins were been donated to Pax Lodge by the Olave Baden Powell Society who fund raised hard to ensure that these pins remained in the Guiding movement. Have you seen the pins yet? Check them out here!
  • 2015- The launch of the Fifth World Centre's name, Kusafiri, by the World Board was held at Pax Lodge.
  • 2016- Pax Lodge celebrated its 25th anniversary!   
  • Pax Lodge - Opening by HRH Princess Benedikte
  • Pax Lodge Foundation Stone
  • 031990 Pax Lodge door opening ceremony

Want to explore more? Check out the other rooms in our Virtual Museum

Our World Lounge
London Room
Dining Room
Pax Lodge Timeline

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