To mark International Women’s Day, a new display honouring the life of Portsmouth-based scientist Hertha Ayrton is launching on Friday 8 March at Central Library.

The display is a collaboration between the Portsmouth History Centre, Sarah Houghton from the University of Portsmouth, and Year 2 pupils from Bramble Infant School, who’ve been inspired by her legacy.

The story of Ayrton – the remarkable Portsmouth-born mathematician, scientist, inventor, and suffragette – has inspired the schoolchildren to imagine and create their own inventions. Pictures and photos of their creations will take their place alongside a history of Ayrton’s life, produced by the history centre, and Sarah Houghton’s beautiful miniature recreation of Ayrton’s study.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Portsmouth City Council Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education, said:

“This Friday is both International Women’s Day and the start of British Science Week. So it’s fitting that this new display is launching to honour the incredible achievements of one of the most exceptional women to come from our city. It shows how the story of Hertha Ayrton continues to inspire the next generation of Portsmouth children to explore the worlds of science, technology, history and engineering.”

A launch event is happening at the Portsmouth History Centre, located on the second floor of the Central Library in the Guildhall Square, on Friday 8 March, starting at 10.30am.

Pupils from Bramble Infant School’s Willow Class and Sarah Houghton will be joined at the event by the Lord and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth, Cllr Horton and Alderman Terry Hall.

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