David Foggie Isobel Wylie Hutchison, 1889 - 1982. Author and horticulturist 1935 © THE ARTIST’S ESTATE

Inspired by CIVILISATIONS: Isobel Wylie Hutchison – Scotland’s Quiet Explorer

Among Scotland’s many daring explorers, the name of Isobel Wylie Hutchison is not one that immediately springs to mind. This is no surprise: modest and unassuming, Isobel would probably have dismissed the idea of being described as an explorer at all. In the 1920s and 30s she roamed the lands of the high Arctic, living with Inuit families and studying their culture. On the eve of International Women's Day, writer Jo Woolf looks at the life of this quietly determined woman and describes some of Isobel’s adventures that are all the more fascinating for being little-known. Isobel Wylie Hutchison features in the National Galleries of Scotland collection and is one of the explorers featured in Jo’s new book, The Great Horizon - 50 Tales of Exploration (Sandstone Press). Jo will be signing copies of her book after the event.

Part of BBC Civilisations Festival.


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