Submitted for publication by Paris Howells
Objects demonstrating last year’s events were buried in a time capsule by students at Hythe Bay Elementary School in Hythe, Kent. They were chosen by the children to represent life during the pandemic and the challenges faced over the past year and were buried in early July in the Martello Lakes development of Barratt Homes.
Elements of the time capsule range from posters on life during the pandemic, letters to the future, photographs of school exhibits that include a giant rainbow, lateral flow test, mask and disinfectant. Some of the objects were created by the children in the class, reflecting their daily life in 2021. These included school rules and examples of virtual sporting events. The capsule is to be unearthed in 2121 by a new generation of residents.
Carol Hughes, Deputy Principal of Hythe Bay Elementary School, said: “It goes without saying that the past year has been unlike any other, but for future generations we hope our time capsule can deliver a glimpse of the experiences our community shares today. . We thank Barratt Kent for the opportunity to bury the objects to share the stories and experiences of our children over the past year at Hythe in his development from Martello Lakes.
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“The students really enjoyed putting these articles together and I hope those who open the capsule enjoy learning more about our community and hearing the stories the students shared. “
Natalie Perry, Director of Sales and Marketing for Barratt Kent, said: “Time capsules are a very special way to connect our community with residents of the future. We are happy to have buried the capsule at Martello Lakes and enjoyed seeing the items included for the project. They offer a glimpse into the past year, and we hope the residents of 2121 enjoy connecting with our experiences, as we also did today.