AN Alresford primary school has had a timeline panel installed, illustrating historical events and people from the stone age to the present day. 

Sun Hill Junior School's 20m timeline covers all aspects of the curriculum with worldwide and national references plus the addition of local historical events.

The display has been paid for by the Arthur Stowell Fund, which is jointly administered by Alresford Historical & Literary Society and New Alresford Town Trust. 

Arthur Stowell was a history teacher who settled in Alresford in retirement and became the author of several books, from which he derived no income but used the profits to build his eponymous fund dedicated to the encouragement of the study of history by local pupils.

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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.

On Friday, April 19, teachers, members of the ALHS and NATT committees and a class of pupils with their teacher Marie Woods, who had been actively involved with the design, gathered for an opening ceremony. 

Mr 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. 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. 

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