A Childhood in Edwardian Sussex-Margaret Hutchinson


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Margaret Massey Hutchinson (1904–1997) was an English educator, naturalist and author. Hutchinson was closely involved with Haslemere Educational Museum which was founded by her grandfather Sir Jonathan Hutchinson and she established and ran a Froebel school in West Sussex for 25 years. She was a lifelong observer of nature, including a specialist study of plant galls, and had a particular interest in the education of children in the context of the natural world. Margaret Hutchinson was born on 18 December 1904 into a large Quaker family in Haslemere, Surrey, the fifth of nine children of Herbert Hutchinson and Elizabeth (Ella) Woods. Herbert’s father was Sir Jonathan Hutchinson FRS, the eminent surgeon, to whom Margaret was also related on her mother’s side. Her early years were spent in an extremely rural environment where she developed a deep understanding of, and love for the natural world, something that would be a feature of her writing and teaching life. She described these first years in detail in her biography A Childhood in Edwardian Sussex.