A time capsule is a wonderful way to capture a snapshot of your community as it is, and a lovely project to work on with your neighbours. A time capsule is a sealed box, full of items that paint a picture of a place, a community or an event at one particular moment in time. Reopening a time capsule years later is an insightful way to look back on the past with items that are meaningful to that time.
Approach the community
Putting together a time capsule of your area calls for one key thing- community! Get your neighbours involved with the project and ask them to contribute items that are meaningful to them and that create a picture of the here and now.
Time capsules don’t have to be overly complicated. Have fun with it and get creative about what you include! Here are a few examples:
Seal and store the time capsule
Once you’ve gathered all the items together for your time capsule, it’s time to seal it up!
Conventionally, time capsules are buried in public spaces and revisited after a number of years. Getting permission to bury your time capsule can be a bit complicated, so try storing it in your house, local school or library. Ideally, somewhere dry where the temperature stays stable.
Reopening your capsule
The most exciting part of a time capsule is the reopening! The National Archives of Ireland suggest lodging information in your local library or archive about the location of your capsule and when it is to be opened again.
There’s no need to leave your capsule sealed for decades upon decades. Opening it up in 5 or 10 years will still provide an interesting insight into your community as it is now. Places can change and evolve so quickly; taking some time to look back on what we were feeling and how an area looked at a particular moment in time is invaluable.