Arboretum 100-Year Time Capsule Project Launched

03 June 2016

A Buried mobile phone will give future generations an insight into the importance we place on Remembrance

Members of the public along with a host of well-known figures are being invited to help create an innovative and insightful time capsule, featuring a mobile phone that will remain buried in the grounds of our new £15.7m visitor centre for the next 100 years.

The time capsule will contain the thoughts, reflections and personal stories on why we remember the service and sacrifice of members of our Armed Forces from WWI through to the present day.  Leading political figures will be among the people who are asked for contributions.

Contributions will be stored as text messages on a mobile phone which has been kindly donated by mobile network Three and will be stored – along with its charger - in an airtight time capsule, donated by our building contractors, Stepnell.

In early September the time capsule will be buried in Heroes’ Square - a beautiful outdoor area that is being created just outside our new Remembrance Centre, which is due to open in late October.

Our Managing Director Sarah Montgomery said: “Enabling visitors to share their own personal stories and family memories, relating to service and sacrifice, will be an integral part of our new Remembrance Centre.

“The time capsule, which will be marked by an engraved paver, will be a talking point among visitors for many years to come and we hope that it will inspire all kinds of people to share their thoughts and memories with us for posterity.” 

All text messages should include the name, age and location of the sender and be sent to telephone number 074 1381 3545. The closing date for submissions is 31 July 2016.

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