Papers of Amelia Fysh

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the work of Amelia Fysh (nee Bullen), mainly at Beech Green Nursery School, Aylesbury, Bucks. Much of the material relates to her work on the relation of children's drawings to their development. Beech Green was one of the pioneers of the integration of handicapped children into mainstream schooling. Teacher Service Book for Amelia Bullen (later Fysh), includes loose papers such as an appointment letter from Bucks Education Committee and a certificate from Dorothy Gardner regarding the IoE Child Development Course. Teacher's Record Book from Beech Green Nursery School, containing lists of pupils and visual material/creative work. Numbering relates to item below. 'Discovering Development with the 3-5s: a longitudinal study, 1964-1973', by Amelia Fysh (nee Bullen). Scrapbook entitled 'Nursery Education, 1951-1973', containing photographs, notes and cuttings relating to Amelia Fysh's work in Grimsby and Aylesbury. Also contains photographs and cuttings relating to a reunion in 2002. Six pictorial folders made by Amelia Fysh, based on work at Beech Green, 1950s-1970s. The young handicapped child', by Mary Sheridan and James Lumsden (Nursery School Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1965). Annotated. File of notes and quotes relating to Amelia Fysh's theories of child development. Copies of original drawings by children (as used in 'Discovering Development..') 'to show the method but different pace of development'. File of children's drawings collected on planes. File of newspaper articles/leaflets on various, including:exhibitions of photographs and children's work at the Queens Park Art Centre (1990) and at Bretton Hall, Leeds (1998); the 2002 reunion. Publications: Beech Green Nursery School Golden Jubilee (1942-1992) booklet; 'Adventure on the doorstep: Grimsby Adventure Playground Report, 1957-58'; 'Adventure playground for handicapped children' (Handicapped Adventure Playground Association, 1971). 'New playgrounds', by Lady Allen of Hurtwood (The Housing Centre Trust, 1964). 'Design for play', by Lady Allen of Hurtwood (The Housing Centre Trust/The Nursery School Association, 1962.

Administrative / Biographical History

Amelia Fysh was brought up in Grimsby. She worked for the Royal Signal Corps during the War and then trained as an emergency teacher, 1945-1947. Following a period teaching at Strand Primary Infants, Grimsby, she undertook further teacher training at Risley Training College, 1947-1948, becoming a qualified teacher in 1948. She then ran nursery classes at Macaulay Infants School, 1948-1950 and South Parade Infants School, 1950-1955. Following a Child Development Course at the Institute of Education in 1954-1955, she became Headmistress of Beech Green Nursery School, Aylesbury from 1956-1973. Following her retirement, she became a Lecturer at Margaret Macmillan College, 1973-1974.

Access Information

Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form.

Acquisition Information

Given by Amelia Fysh in January 2008.

Other Finding Aids

Electronic and paper catalogues.

Archivist's Note

Used IoE online catalogue. Submitted to Archives Hub as part of the Genesis 2009 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Archivist or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Related Material

Records relating to Beech Green School are held at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies (AR 58/2002).

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