A time capsule has been sealed at Christ’s Hospital School and will not be opened until 2065.
There was an air of excitement at the school as Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Alan Yarrow and the Lady Mayoress, Gilly Yarrow performed the ceremony.
Pupils, who have enjoyed collecting items for the metal cylindrical capsule, have
catalogued a list of the contents. Items have been selected at 50 year intervals from 2015, 1965, 1915, 1865 and 1815 for this miniature archive.
There has been a focus on heroic Old Blues (former pupils). There is a letter from John Septimus Roe describing the challenges he faced on the High Seas in 1815, items reflecting Edmund Blunden’s war service in 1915 and present day news articles and items concerning Joshua Leakey’s VC and Joe Launchbury’s participation in the Rugby World Cup.
There are official documents and more informal perspectives from current pupils. The ‘Housey’ Tudor coat and the familiar yellow socks are also included along with other items of the School’s distinctive uniform. As the boys’ uniform has hardly changed since the School’s foundation in 1552, so it is quite likely that the pupils will still be wearing it in 2065.
Headmaster John Franklin said: “We were delighted to able to share this important moment with the Lord and Lady Mayoress. The capsule will be opened 50 years on and includes current and historical items we hope not only to give a flavour of CH life in 2015 but also some idea of the continuity and change that has occurred over the past centuries and contributed to the School’s evolution.”
The Time Capsule has been buried adjacent to the school’s new Language and Resource Centre.