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Bus station time capsule to be buried on Halloween

19 October 2012

A TIME capsule containing snapshots of a day in the life of Mansfield will be buried beneath the town’s new bus station on October 31st.

Nottinghamshire County Council has been collecting the thoughts and experiences of a wide cross-section of people to record 21st century life in the town and preserve for future generations to discover.

The results have been put into a specially lined and sealed metal capsule which will be buried inside the bus station on under special commemorative tiles.

“We wanted to make the capsule a unique snapshot of life in Mansfield, rather than simply burying random items from the 21st century like mobile phones,” said Jan Pauley of the County Council’s highways team.

“We thought the best way to do that would be to ask Mansfield people to record their thoughts and experiences of life in the town.”

Local schools, the police, the town’s library and Palace Theatre, the Four Seasons shopping centre, Mansfield Interfaith Network, town mayor Tony Eggington, the County Council’s meals at home service and Mansfield Pensioners’ Action Association, as well as numerous individuals, are among those who have taken part and whose contributions will be buried.

Meals at home have contributed a menu and the library a list of books taken out on a particular day. The theatre has contributed a script and programme for the play Not Much Matches Mansfield and a book detailing the 100-year history of the Palace.

“The capsule really will be full of the minutiae of everyday life in Mansfield,” says Jan.

“All in all, it will give anyone digging it up in the future a real taste of what life will have been like for Mansfield back in 2012.”

“The time capsule has been a great opportunity for the people of Mansfield to be part of history in the making,” said Coun Richard Jackson, chairman of the County Council’s transport and highways committee.

“What a fascinating legacy to leave for future generations to rediscover.”


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