In the 1860’s, Sir Jonathan Hutchinson came to Haslemere and fell in love with the town. A Quaker surgeon, Hutchinson formed a private museum in his garden in 1888 establishing a revolutionary new role for museums in educating all. It was one of the first museums to include children and continues in this role today.
Hutchinson encouraged the open display of artefacts. He believed that people could learn as much through their hands as their eyes. This was in great contrast to other museums with their sealed cases and “do not touch” signs.
Hutchinson gave regular lessons and practical demonstrations. His Sunday lectures were so popular that in 1895 the museum moved to larger premises in Haslemere on Museum Hill. A Museum Examination was established for local children in 1899. It was hoped that this would encourage observation, reading and discussion.
In 1926 the museum moved to its current location at the end of the High Street, and this year is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary.
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