A NEW display has been erected at Sun Hill Junior School in Alresford, showing the history of the world from the Stone Age to now.

Located in the playground, the 20m long timeline covers the entire curriculum, with worldwide and national references as well as local historical events.

It was paid for by the Arthur Stowell Fund, which is jointly administered by Alresford Historical and Literary Society (AHLS) and New Alresford Town Trust (NATT).

Hampshire Chronicle: The displayThe display (Image: Contributed)

The display was unveiled by Sun Hill Junior School pupils who had been involved with its design, as well as staff and members of AHLS and NATT on Friday, April 19.

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Glenn Gilbertson, chairman of AHLS, recalled history being taught in his schooldays as an Anglo-centric series of dates, in contrast to the modern, inclusive, themed approach, though the latter could lose a perspective of time.

He then told the story of Arthur Stowell, and expressed the hope that the display would be helpful and a source of inspiration for years to come.

Sun Hill Junior School head teacher Sue Griffiths said: “I would like to convey a huge thank you from the staff and pupils of Sun Hill Junior School for this wonderful timeline which has taken pride of place within our playground for our pupils and their families to enjoy.

“We appreciate the support of the Alresford Historical and Literary Society and The Alresford Town Trust more than words can express.

“Your generous contribution and the foresight of Arthur Stowell to make provision and plan for the future education of the children in our community has left an academic resource which will support our pupils for years to come.

Hampshire Chronicle: The display was unveiled at an event on April 19The display was unveiled at an event on April 19 (Image: Contributed)

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“Thank you for believing in our school and helping us to make a difference.”

The Arthur Stowell Fund was named for a history teacher who settled in Alresford in retirement and became the author of several books.

He made no income from these publications, but used the profits to build his eponymous fund which is dedicated to the encouragement of the study of history by local pupils.

Since then, the fund has been similarly built up from the profits of AHLS publications and books authored by Brian Rothwell, Brian Tippett and Glenn Gilbertson.