The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of British History

Introducing our latest Wallbook, developed with the National Trust. Featuring hundreds of illustrations showcasing milestones from the extraordinary history of the British Isles on a detachable two-metre fold-out timeline.

The Timeline Collection – Limited Edition!!

Our complete set of Wallbook timelines covers Big History, British History, Nature, Science & Engineering, Sports and Shakespeare

box-mockup-copyThe six title series has been developed in partnership with The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the National Trust. Each title contains a specially updated hard-back 2m-long fold-out detachable timeline with more than 1,000 pictures and captions. Key moments from the timelines are told in a series of more than 240 newspaper articles, with a selection of fun crosswords, letters-to-the editor and quizzes.This is an encyclopaedia of knowledge through timelines unlike anything ever produced before in a beautiful hard-bound box-set. Perfect for all curious people aged from 6 to infinity. Only 2,000 sets have been made so please hurry while stocks last!


What on Earth Publishing specialises in the art of telling stories through timelines.

We produce unique fold-out books that promote the joy of learning through natural curiosity.

We also run inspirational workshops for schools, literary festivals, family events, home educators, colleges, universities and for INSET training.

Bridges or Walls?

See Episode 3 of Christopher Lloyd’s new video series on the History of Britain!

To celebrate the launch of the Wallbook Timeline of British History, in collaboration with the National Trust, Christopher Lloyd has filmed a series of 10 short videos charting the main forces that have shaped our island story from 60 million years ago to the present day. Join him for the Episode 3 on the story of walls – or see the whole series to date!

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Click here to see Episode 3

Our latest Wallbook tells the 60 million-year story of British history on a 2 metre-long timeline.

It features more than 1,000 pictures and captions and has been developed in partnership with the National Trust.


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British History Prize Quiz

Test your knowledge with our 10 question What on Earth? / Sunday Times British History Quiz

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New Wallbook launched!

Our sixth book in the series, and quite possibly the most detailed timeline of British History ever!

“The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth? Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children’s curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for learning.”

Lovereading4Kids – November 2015


Our Big History wallbook divides the world into geographical streams. Simply chose a date and you can see what was happening at any time in any part of the world.


For example if you take the date 1520 you will find that….



Find out more about our philosophy of why making narrative connections is a far more powerful way of learning than  splitting knowledge into discrete disconnected fragments.



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