Thrapston time capsule including hand sanitiser to mark Covid pandemic

The items have been selected by pupils at Thrapston Primary School

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 3:00 pm
Simon Odell from Mintridge (left) and Luke Shepperson (right) with the time capsule at Charter's Gate

A time capsule has been buried on the site of a new housing estate in Thrapston to mark completion of the development and the events of 2020.

To help remember the year in which the Covid-19 pandemic hit, developer Barratt Homes has marked the historic event with a time capsule for future residents.

Pupils from Thrapston Primary School were enlisted to help to bury artefacts for their children and their children's children to unearth at its Charter’s Gate development in Huntingdon Road.

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William Phair, sales director at Barratt Homes Cambridgeshire, said: “We enlisted the help of pupils from Thrapston Primary School to preserve the past of Thrapston and the past year of the pandemic in the form of a time capsule burial.

“It will be interesting for those that open the time capsule in 40 years’ time to see not only how modern-day items have changed, but how Thrapston and Charter’s Gate have changed over the years.”

Children at the school included a collection of booklets which represented their life during lockdown and over the past year of the pandemic.

This involved them writing letters to the finders of the time capsule, as well as asking them to interview their family members on how the pandemic affected them.

The time capsule buried by Luke Shepperson, marketing manager at Barratt Homes Cambridgeshire, also included mementos including a Northants Telegraph and some bottles of hand sanitiser to demonstrate to future residents what life was like through 2020.