We have all heard of time capsules being found in old buildings that have been left there for future generations, they are a great way to capture a moment in time and very interesting. Making your own time capsule is a great family activity and as we approach the end of 2016 now is the perfect time to do it. You could make your time capsule for future generations or you might want to leave it for yourself/your family in 5, 10 or 20 years time, it may be an idea to record where you have put your time capsule just in case you forget, according to the International Time Capsule Society most time capsules are ‘lost due to thievery, secrecy or poor planning’.
What container should I use?
This depends on where you are going to put your capsule, how much you want to include in it and how long it will be left for.
Indoors: A Shoe Box, large cardboard box or even a suitcase
Outdoors: The container needs to be waterproof and non perishable,
What should I put include?
- A letter to the finder, you may want to include your contact details.
- Photographs of you, your family, pets, your garden, house, car, fashionable outfits.
- Photographs of this year’s holidays or memorable places
- A newspaper for the day that you seal your capsule or perhaps newspapers/magazines of the previous week.
- Coins and notes – include this years new £5 note and an old one too.
- Food labels or packaging (if possible those with prices on) – this could be a general selection or your favourites, you could even describe the flavour, smaller food items can be includes in your capsule.
- An old mobile phone
- A music CD or a DVD
- Packets of seeds
Where should I put it?
- Bury it in the garden
- Put it in the attic
- Under the floor boards
- Under your bed
- In a cupboard
If you are leaving it for yourself/your family put a note on it ‘Do not open before ****’, make sure it is sealed well so that you are not tempted to have a peak earlier than planned.
I hope that you all have a Happy New Year