Time capsule for library

WISBECH residents are being asked to help provide items for a time capsule which will be sealed as part of the library’s first birthday celebrations.

Included in the celebrations for the opening of the refurbished Wisbech Library last February, was the launch of a time capsule project – to collect and preserve a selection of artefacts which will enable future generations to find out about what we are doing in Wisbech today.

Now residents have until January 29 to come forward with items. The capsule will be sealed and placed in position in February 2011 during Wisbech Library’s birthday celebrations.

It is quite fitting that the library should take part in this project. When the memorial stone of the Baptist Church, which previously stood on the library site in Ely Place, was laid on the October 4,1871, a ‘bottle’ was placed with the memorial stone.

Its contents, which included copies of local newspapers, sermons and photographs of the minister and deacons of the church, are now preserved in Cambridgeshire Archives. The bottle was discovered when the church was demolished in the 1970s.

Cambridgeshire County councillor Sir Peter Brown, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Wisbech is a great example of a library that is managed and run for the community. It is fitting that the community help celebrate its first birthday and provide items for the Time Capsule.

“We need items which describe our daily lives – what we wear and eat, where we live, what we use every day and how we spend our time. What was Wisbech was like as a place to live. The capsule will be opened in 100 years time – when Wisbech and the lives of its inhabitants will surely be very different.

“If you have anything you would like to offer for inclusion we would love to hear from you. Take the item along to Wisbech Library by Saturday 29th January. Please be aware that in order to make a successful time capsule not all items may be suitable for inclusion.”