Eye time capsule will capture life in the town for future generations
Residents of Eye will help to create history when a time capsule is buried containing items chosen to inform future generations what life is like today.
The capsule will be buried at Eye Castle today with items including a photo of members of the WI, a DVD of a year in the life of Eye, the Eye Town Trail booklet and ‘letters to the future’ from Occold Primary School.
Nine capsules are being buried in Suffolk to mark the 900th anniversary of the oldest document in the Suffolk Record Office collection, the Royal Charter of King Henry I to the monks of Eye Priory.
The project also marks the development of a new heritage archive centre in Ipswich, called The Hold: A Suffolk Archives Service for the 21st century, a partnership between Suffolk County Council and the University of Suffolk, supported by £10.4 million of funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The time capsules capture a snapshot of Suffolk life today, reflecting what people feel is important about where they live, and what they would like Suffolk people in 100 years’ time to understand about life in 2019.
Locations for the capsules are: Eye, Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Framlingham, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Mildenhall and Stowmarket, chosen for their cultural and historic significance.
Letters, stories, small objects, drawings, photographs and oral history recordings are in the capsules.
Contributors to the Eye capsule include the town council, Eye Outdoors Group, Eye WI, Occold Primary School, St Peter and St Paul Primary School, 490th Bombardment Group Memorial Project, Eye Grammar School Reunions Committee, Eye to Eye newsletter, Eye Magazine, Alistair Govan and Andrew Brown, film maker, Dove Project and Memory Lane, Eye and district Volunteer Centre, Charles Michell, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, and Historic England, which gave permissions for the capsule to be buried at Eye Castle.
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