Long-serving,, invaluable Arthur leaves Haslemere museum

Arthur Jewell has retired as technician at Haslemere Museum – a job he has held for the last 34 years.

He is taking up a new post nearer his West Sussex home.

Mr Jewell started work at the museum straight from school in 1974, joining his father, also called Arthur, who was its long-serving curator.

He combined the role of technician with that of handyman and caretaker, keeping the museum running smoothly through the many upheavals created by repairs, renovations, reorganisations, power cuts and even the occasional flood.

He became a capable naturalist, specialising particularly in fresh water microscopy and his microprojector demonstrations enthralled children and adults alike.

He was equally adept at building equipment for the hands-on science exhibitions at which the museum is so good and engaging the interst of a restive class.

For many years the cry of 'find Arthur!' was the automatic response to every problem.

Bernard Coe, the president, thanked him on behalf of the museum.

Trustee Penny Hollow, who has known Mr Jewell since his primary school days, presented him with a gift on behalf of all his friends at the High Street building.

The barn owl, carved in Caen stone by Petersfield sculptor George Taylor, which had been particularly admired by Mr Jewell at an exhibition several years earlier.