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Haslemere Educational Museum

Nature volume 141, pages 10911092 (18 June 1938) | Download Citation



THE Haslemere Educational Museum will celebrate, on June 29, the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation. The speakers on the occasion will be Earl Winterton and Dr. John Ramsbottom. This museum was founded in 1888 by Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, F.R.S., at a time when the majority of the smaller museums were stagnant and uninspiring because they lacked teachers. Hutchinson was a great teacher, and through, his teaching the museum at his country house at Inval, about a mile from Haslemere, quickly made its influence felt. There he arranged for the first time the space-for-time schedules of geology and human history which are still a special feature of the museum, and these schedules were largely used in his lectures to friends and to members of the Haslemere Natural History Society. In less than ten years the Museum had completely outgrown itself, and Hutchinson then built a much more commodious one in Haslemere on the hillside to the south-east of the town, and there continued to lecture at weekends in the summer months.

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