Anne Mathams

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Anne Muirhead Mathams FEIS (6 May 1913 – 21 February 2011) was a Scottish educationist, innovator and disability rights activist.

Family[edit]

The elder of two children born to Robert and Annie Mathams, she had a younger brother, John. Her father died in 1924 as a result of injuries sustained during the First World War. Her grandfather was Walter John Mathams, a Church of Scotland minister who wrote the popular children's hymn, "Jesus Friend Of Little Children".[1]

Teaching career (all Edinburgh)[edit]

  • 1932 - trained at Jersey Ladies College
  • 1936 - headmistress at Stanwell Nursery
  • 1939 - headmistress of St Leonards Nursery
  • 1941 - headmistress of Moray House Nursery
  • 1948 - headmistress of Westerlea School, established by the Scottish Council for the Care of Spastics (now known as Capability Scotland, of which Mathams was a founder member)

Affiliations[edit]

  • Member, Educational Institute of Scotland (1936)
  • Founder member, Scottish Council for the Care of Spastics; later known as Capability Scotland (1946)
  • Chair, Nursery School Association (Edinburgh branch)
  • Fellow, Educational Institute of Scotland (1972; life membership granted in 1979)
  • Elsie Inglis Award for Lifetime Achievement (2000)

Retirement[edit]

Miss Mathams retired from teaching in 1978.

Death[edit]

She died on 21 February 2011, aged 97, at the Colinton Care Home, Edinburgh, unmarried.

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