Matilda Hjon – a strong-willed helper

The object of the month in March is a white, sprung rocking chair. The chair is lightly padded with a fabric that features big, bold flowers on a light brown background. Being a museum object, the chair cannot be sat on, but it seems comfortable and ergonomic even to modern eyes. The chair was used by deaconess Matilda Hjon (1877–1967), who was a brave and persistent organiser, humanitarian and director.

The turned rocking chair without rocker runners was used in the early part of the last century. Photo: Helsinki University Museum / Jenni Jormalainen.

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