The rise and fall of the English Switzerland

A view over the sloping purple heather at Black Down towards the distant horizon, with tall pine trees to either side.

Running from 2 -23 April this entertaining exhibition at Haslemere Museum describes a very colourful chapter in the history of Hindhead from 1880 – 1910, including the role played by Sir Robert Hunter, co- founder of the National Trust, in saving the best of its ‘alpine’ landscape for ever.

Based on original research by Dr Marion Dell, it illustrates: 
how treacherous Hindhead was once considered; 
why eminent physicist, Professor Tyndall, christened Hindhead the ‘English Switzerland’; 
why Hindhead immediately became immensely fashionable, attracting celebrity writers, including Conan Doyle and Bernard Shaw;
how Hindhead’s popularity led to its demise. 
Museum and exhibition open Tues - Sat, 10.00am -5.00pm. Entry: FREE.
Preview and talk by Dr Marion Dell 1st April at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 include refreshments, booking advised.
Haslemere Educational Museum, 78 High St, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2LA
01428 642112    
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