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The time capsule is a free service that allows you to make your own online time capsule and post it online. Your capsule will be opened at the time you speciafy, in 1 hour or 100 years. Toggle navigation The Online Time ... Opened capsules Opened 3460. Sealed capsules Sealed 1316. Sealed in 03 March 2022 01:38:26. Opened at: 31 March 2022 00 ...

24.03.2016 A Novel Written by AI Passes The First Round in a Japanese Literary Competition It may be time to add 'novelist' to the list of professions under threat from super-smart computer software, because a short story authored by artificial intelligence has made it through to the latter stages of a literary competition in Japan. It didn't scoop the top prize, but it's not a bad effort for a beginner. The AI software isn't self-aware enough to think up and submit its own work though (not yet, anyway) – the short-form novel was written with the help of a team of researchers from the Future University Hakodate in Japan. Human beings selected certain words and phrases to be used, and set up an overall framework for the story, before letting the software come up with the text itself. One of two submissions from the university made it through the first round of the Nikkei Shinichi Hoshi Literary Award ceremony – perhaps the entry's title, which translates as The Day A Computer Writes A Novel, should have been enough to tip the judges off – but the competition is unique in that it openly accepts entries from non-human writers (Shinichi Hoshi himself was a science-fiction author). Of 1,450 or so novels accepted this year, 11 were written with the involvement of AI programs, the Japan News reports. The four-stage screening process is kept secret but judges aren't told in advance which submissions are written by actual people and which have robot authors behind them. Science-fiction novelist Satoshi Hase, who was involved in the competition, said the AI book was "well-structured", but had "some problems" as well, including the quality of the character descriptions. "So far, AI programs have often been used to solve problems that have answers, such as Go and shogi," said Hitoshi Matsubara, who led the team of researchers from Future University Hakodate. "In the future, I'd like to expand AI's potential [so it resembles] human creativity." Creativity is hard to emulate inside a computer, but it's surely only a matter of time before AI programs have the intelligence and the data to be able to do a passable job: automated software is already responsible for writing certain financial and sports reports where the key facts can be arranged in a straightforward template. Political speeches are another target for up-and-coming robot writers, as they tend to follow a familiar pattern, with repeated phrases and topics. As is usually the case, the database the AI has to work with is crucial – as long as there's enough data to draw upon (4,000 speeches were used for the latest research), then today's AI software is clever enough to produce its own variations on a theme.


My prediction is: In 5 years we will have the first bestseller book written by A.I. The "writer" will be from Japan, but english gentleman by "soul". The books' genre will be humoristic story about a robot, who went to Africa and tried to live with an old african tribe. Just imagine how it can change there view on hunting, providing food supplies, finding water, build better villages and the most fun,important and best selling idea of the book - building robboriginal (robot - aboriginal) society with revolutionary ideas and rules. How can a robot with high artificial intelligence can be teached by an african tribe and about what?

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What's inside that 1887 time capsule opened in …

A time capsule estimated to be more than 130 years old, unearthed from the base of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, was opened Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia.

A time capsule estimated to be more than 130 years old, unearthed from the base of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, was opened Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, and the artifacts showed a snapshot of life in the Confederate capital.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam watched intently as historians used tools to painstakingly open the corroded box. After hours of working to unseal it, the team -- wearing blue gloves -- pulled out the first artifact: a thin maroon-colored book.

Conservator for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Chelsea Blake, works to open a time capsule that was removed form the pedestal that once held the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Dec. 22, 2021, in Richmond, Va.

"It's very wet," Kate Ridgeway, a conservator with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, said as she peered into the rusted time capsule.

"We are trying to preserve what we can of this book," she said.

Conservators pulled out other items: what appeared to be a coin, a few books of varying size and color, what appeared to be an envelope with a photo inside. Some of the items were difficult to identify given their condition.

Teams quickly worked to "stabilize" the artifacts that were found, Ridgeway told reporters in the room, so that they could be worked on. As for how long it takes to stabilize them, historians said it depends on how wet the items are.

The Washington Post reported that one of the books appears to be an almanac from 1875, and a copy of “The Huguenot Lovers: A Tale of the Old Dominion.”

Dale Brumfield, a local historian and author who has researched the time capsule, quickly began to theorize about what the contents of the box meant after learning about its size, material and contents.

"These facts just aren't adding up," Brumfield told ABC News. "So, I knew right from the beginning that something was amiss. And the more I thought about it, the more I studied my notes, and some of the historical records. I said this this is a different time capsule."

Brumfield was also suspicious about the box after learning that it was found 20 feet up the pedestal. Given the information, he developed a theory of his own: "It's just an ego trip for the builders of this monument."

He thinks that the books and photos relate to two men who were involved in the construction of the pedestal who wanted their own time capsule.

"I believe that those guys were left out of the original time capsule, and they decided that they wanted to commemorate themselves by putting this small lead box up 20 feet up, which is the halfway point in the construction. They put their basically stopped construction, maybe had a little private ceremony, put this little lead box in, covered it up, and then continued construction with no media coverage at all," Brumfield said. "It was just their own like their own little secret."

There was also speculation that there would be more very rare and valuable artifacts in the original time capsule. ABC News-affiliate WJLA reports that there were rumors of an incredibly rare photograph of the casket of former President Abraham Lincoln.

A stone containing a time capsule that was placed in 1887 in the pedestal that once held the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was placed on a pallet on Monument Avenue, Dec. 17, 2021, in Richmond, Va.

The time capsule was found by construction crews in early December. Crews taking apart the removed statue's base came across an area that looked "different," according to a release from Northam's office, and chiseled out a section of the 1,200-pound granite block to reveal it.

The capsule is estimated by experts to date back to 1887. According to the governor's office, records show that, "37 Richmond residents, organizations, and businesses contributed about 60 objects to the capsule, many of which are believed to be related to the Confederacy."

The pedestal stood beneath a bronze statue of Lee on horseback that was removed in September 2021, following nationwide racial justice protests after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis.

The statue's removal was slowed by lawsuits from some residents who opposed it being taken down, but the state's Supreme Court okayed it.

Crews remove one of the country's largest remaining monuments to the Confederacy, a towering statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va., Sept. 8, 2021.

As the capsule was opened, the state was making plans to create a new time capsule to reflect present-day Virginia.

"This monument and its time capsule reflected Virginia in 1890 -- and it’s time to remove both, so that our public spaces better reflect who we are as a people in 2021," Northam said in a September press release. "The past 18 months have seen historic change, from the pandemic to protests for racial justice that led to the removal of these monuments to a lost cause. It is fitting that we replace the old time capsule with a new one that tells that story."

The state has selected 39 individuals to add artifacts to the 2021 time capsule, which are expected to include nods to the 2020 racial justice protests, as well as items, including face masks and vaccination cards, related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although this is one piece of the puzzle, some historians like Brumfield think that this isn't the end of the story, he thinks that the official time capsule is still yet to be found.

"I think it will be recovered as they remove the foundation, and then we'll finally get a chance to see what in the devil that picture of Abraham Lincoln really is," Brumfield said. "So I'm looking forward to that day coming."

Robert E. Lee time capsule: An 1875 almanac, books and …

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An 1875 almanac, two withered books, a coin and a cloth envelope were among the artifacts inside an 1887 time capsule that was opened Wednesday.

The capsule was found last week in the pedestal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia.

CNN affiliate WTVR streamed a live feed that showed the process done by historic preservation experts.

The container was made of lead, which was corroded, so the delicate process took several hours as experts used multiple tools to chip away at the box.

It began at 10 a.m. and ended at around 3 p.m. when Gov. Ralph Northam lifted the lid of the capsule to reveal the items.

Katherine Ridgway, a conservator at Virginia Department of Historic Resources, was one of the experts working on the process and notes that one of the books had “love” written on it and had a coin attached, according to WTVR.

There was also a cloth envelope, which experts say looks like it contains a piece of paper and maybe a picture, according to the live feed.

The items were all wet from moisture that had gathered inside the lead box, so experts had to work carefully to remove them and ensure they stayed preserved.

“Given that the artifacts are wet, they will be put in the freezer to prevent any further deterioration,” Ridgway told WTVR. It is unsure how long that preservation process will take at this time.

Workers found the time capsule on December 17 while dismantling the 40-foot pedestal on Monument Avenue in Richmond, according to a news release from Northam’s office.

The 12-ton statue of Lee on his horse, which was removed in September, became a focal point for racial justice protests in Richmond – the former capital of the Confederacy.

The time capsule was found in the tower of the pedestal about 20 feet above ground level.

Officials had thought it was encased in the base of the pedestal, and in September crews used cranes and other heavy equipment to move 21 granite blocks, including some that weighed up to 8,000 pounds.

Workers also dug a large 5-foot-deep hole near the cornerstone of the pedestal in hopes of finding the time capsule.

Historians believe the time capsule was placed on October 27, 1887, and included about 60 items that were donated by 37 Richmond residents, many of which were related to the Confederacy, according to the governor’s office.

The state plans to store the pedestal until officials decide what to do with the partial monument.

Time capsule 2020: The 37 objects that defined the year

As the year comes to an end, BBC Future decided to assemble a virtual time capsule – a list of objects that matter, and that tomorrow's generations should know about, 100 years from now.

If we were to create a time capsule of objects that captured life in 2020, what might we choose?

The eyes of future historians are on us now. The year 2020 has been tumultuous, disruptive, exhausting, and pivotal – and one day, our great-grandchildren may wonder what it was like to live through these times. Yet with all that has happened over the past 12 months, only snapshots may be recorded in the long-term: the most salient traumas and the most dramatic turning points. History often charts the stories of the privileged, the powerful or the notorious, but cannot capture all of human experience.

So, what might we wish future generations to know about this year? If you could leave behind an object that spoke of 2020, what would it be?

As the year comes to an end, BBC Future decided to assemble a virtual time capsule – a list of objects that matter, and that tomorrow's generations should know about, 100 years from now.

Collaborating with the School of International Futures, we asked their network and global next-generation fellows to nominate a series of objects. To that list, we added a few extra submissions from other future thinkers – plus one or two of our own.

Some might wish to forget this year. However, the objects we collated are intended to be symbols of acts, experiences, ideas and changes that are worth preserving. We asked our submitters to propose items they believe deserve attention and memorialisation during these turbulent times. As well as the trauma, this year has also brought some positive changes that we don't want to lose, moments when things got a little bit better amid the chaos, local wisdom or inspiration, as well as warnings that we might hope will not be forgotten.

Time capsules have always been about what a society wishes to remember and pass on: its best version of itself, projected into the future. They are usually subjective, often eclectic, and always tell a human story. And that's exactly what we got when we asked for submissions.

Here's what we chose:

Hopefully, face masks will eventually become a rarer sight, but this year they've been defining (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

Hopefully, face masks will eventually become a rarer sight, but this year they've been defining (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

Perhaps the most obvious item to place in our hypothetical time capsule would be the face mask. In 10 years' time, you might find yours in a drawer and marvel at how it became such a dominant part of life in 2020.

We had a couple of variants on this theme. One was for masks with company logos (Mansi Parikh), to capture the idea that the world remained just as consumerised as it was pre-pandemic. Until 2020, personal protective equipment (PPE) was largely limited to health workers, builders and other professionals that needed protecting. "That shift from specialised equipment to a mainstream consumer product is very iconic of 2020," says Parikh.

Meanwhile, Angela Henshall found the smaller face masks for toddlers particularly evocative. With their cartoon characters printed on the front, they marked a sharp contrast between the dangers of the disease and the innocence of childhood.

But if we had to include only one item in the "mask" category it would be the needle and thread (Pupul Bisht). "The pen is mightier than the sword goes the saying, but in 2020 the humble needle and thread emerged as two of the mightiest tools against the deadly pandemic," says Bisht. When masks were in short supply, "some old cloth scraps, a needle and some thread went a long way for communities to be able to protect themselves. These tiny little objects often tucked away in old cookie tins made it possible to save lives".

The needle and thread almost certainly helped to save lives (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

The needle and thread almost certainly helped to save lives (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

In the early lockdowns when shop shelves emptied and supply chains broke down, a spirit of self-reliance and make-do-and-mend was essential to get through times of shortage and restriction.

Until stocks were replenished, many were forced to turn to DIY disinfectants, such as homemade hand sanitiser (which, it should be noted, is not recommended unless you really have to and know what you're doing). Christy Casey nominated a plastic disposable wipe container filled with cloth scraps. "My favourite DIY solution was my mum's reusable bleach wipes," Casey explains. "It's such a simple solution: take rags made from T-shirts or other fabric and place them in the container from the disposable set you just finished (or a jar), and add bleach and water."

Meanwhile, other capsule submissions told stories about how their nominators had managed to meet specific, personal needs with a dash of creativity. One submission was for a hand-made candle (Olga Remneva, Anna Peplova, Irina Danilicheva, and Anastasia Evgrafova). "With a little bit of light and scent, one can make his/her/their place nice and cosy. Watching a candle reminded one to look inside, and to find there a whole world," they wrote.

Another was a homemade digital drawing stylus (Rocco Fazzari), constructed using an old pen casing, steel wool and aluminium foil.

And when Amy Charles and her housemate Eleanor found their usual exercise routines disrupted, they made a homemade weight to keep fit. "We bought sand, cement and some toilet piping, and poured the mixture into a lunchbox to create a 5kg (11lb) weight with a handle. It's crude, and can also be used as a doorstop, but it was a fun project."

Many turned to homemade projects, like this fitness weight fashioned from cement and piping (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

Many turned to homemade projects, like this fitness weight fashioned from cement and piping (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

One suggestion that manages to capture the spirit of make-do-and-mend in a single object was a kintsugi-repaired bowl (Will Park). Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese practice involving refashioning old possessions into new. "Kintsugi involves sealing cracks with lacquer that is then coloured with gold or silver dust. It creates an appearance of veins of rare metal running through the porcelain. The result can be even more beautiful than the original," wrote Park in an article for BBC Future earlier this year.

Home comforts and neighbourhoods

With so much time spent in lockdowns this year, it's perhaps not surprising that many people looked close to home for their inspiration. We had nominations for a set of pyjamas (Deepshikha Dash), a home office chair (Kate Rahme), and the wire of a phone/laptop charger (Iman Jamall) because it enabled connection to the internet and other people.

Other objects offered reminders of a sense of play, such as a chessboard (Shakil Ahmed) from Bangladesh. Or creativity and home comforts, such as Maggie Greyson's proposal to include a breadknife. Like many, she and her husband discovered sourdough this year, after learning how to make it from a friend who lived near her parent's farm. When they returned home to Toronto, "we tried to buy a breadknife instead of mashing the bread with our dull kitchen knives, but they were out of stock. Two months later, a package came in the mail with the best breadknife we had ever seen".

Many also discovered new ways of getting around this year, which is why one person suggested a pair of running shoes (Maryann D'sa), and another their old mountain bike called Hendrix (Griesham Taan). "I found myself digging out the 17-year-old bike from my father's shed, dusting off cobwebs and oiling the wheels," says Taan. "In a world full of fear and uncertainty – Hendrix, my old mountain bike – gave me a sense of control, freedom, purpose and safety."

At times, bikes completely sold out, so many rolled out their old rusty cycles (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

At times, bikes completely sold out, so many rolled out their old rusty cycles (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

One idea for inclusion that spoke to the monotony of lockdown was a hypothetical calendar of views from the same window (Fiona Macdonald). The calendar would be one scene taken multiple times "like a timelapse, as the seasons rush by", explains Macdonald, whose own window view features "bedraggled shrubs, forgotten toys, and the windows of the neighbours opposite".

It's an idea that reminded me of the website Window Swap, which gained popularity this year. People from around the world shared scenes from inside their homes of mountain views or verdant gardens, allowing visitors to instantly transport themselves to a new location.

Solace from local beauty was also the thinking behind the suggestion of a flaming red bombax flower (Pupul Bisht), from New Delhi. "The old seemal tree (English: bombax) outside my window had turned into a flaming red hue by the third week of March like clockwork. Despite everything feeling unfamiliar, the tree brought a sense of normalcy to my days. 2020 made a statement loud and clear – that flowers bloom in dystopias too."

The bombax flower – for some, a welcome piece of beauty in a difficult year (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

The bombax flower – for some, a welcome piece of beauty in a difficult year (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

Home working was, of course, a luxury that many people did not have this year. With that in mind, we also had a nomination from more than one person for a delivery bag (Olga Remneva and others), in recognition of the way that drivers, shop-workers and many other professions kept the world turning.

Similarly, it would be an omission for us not to include an item that recognises healthcare and care-home workers. In many countries, that object was a child's drawing of a rainbow, a universal message of thanks to those in risky, pressured and stressful environments, looking after the most vulnerable and ill.

Delivery workers, many low-paid, helped to keep people fed, supplied and healthy (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

Delivery workers, many low-paid, helped to keep people fed, supplied and healthy (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

Moving around

Environmental change – for better and worse – was the theme of a few other suggestions, drawing connections between nature close to home and in the broader world.

My own nomination for inclusion is a sealed vial of clean city air. Before the pandemic, I would run home from work, and when I stepped through my apartment door, I could often still taste the metallic traffic fumes in my dry throat and nose. During the lockdowns, however, many cities saw air pollution plummet. Harmful particulates will return – in some cases, they already have – but a vial of clean air is a reminder of possibility, and a memory of a less polluted city where it was easier to breathe.

A vial of clean air, a snapshot of temporarily less-polluted cities (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

A vial of clean air, a snapshot of temporarily less-polluted cities (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

Other environmental changes in 2020 were less welcome. In particular, we had a number of nominations aiming to capture the memory of this year's wildfires, which came due to the climatic change that was sometimes overlooked this year. The starkest objects proposed were a piece of burnt wood (Leonardo Soares) – "a painful reminder that, despite the existence of a global pandemic, humanity still faces a massive environmental crisis" – and a piece of black granite rock (Paul Brown), from Washpool National Park in New South Wales, Australia. "Charred by fire, shedding its blackened 'skin', the rock survives in landscape utterly devastated by fire, though beginning to regain life – eucalypts, waratahs and ferns regenerating first."

But others submitting in this theme were more hopeful. Rodrigo Mendes, who lives in Brazil where Amazon fires raged, chose an object that captured both a popular pastime of lockdown and what he saw as increased international concern over the fires in his country – a plant in a pot – because plants "require daily care and make us reflect on the importance of biodiversity", he explains.

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And a second suggestion from Australia was a pair of dirty gardening gloves from a local community garden (Claire Marshall). "Feeling safe in nature was quite a profound thing to feel after the horrendous bushfires," she explains. Gardening also offered a respite from thinking about the pandemic. "In March we thought everything we touched could harbour the virus (glass, hard surfaces, plastic etc). I remember telling my children 'don’t touch that' a million times, but in the garden, it was safe: the dirt, the leaves, the neighbour's strawberries."

A final development related to the living world and environment this year, which could have long-running impacts, was the rise of artificial meat. Late in the year, lab-grown chicken meat was approved for consumption for the first time, in Singapore. Meanwhile, there's been a dizzying rise in the popularity of plant-based "meat" products already on the market. That's why one capsule submission was a pack of artificial plant-based burgers (Sarah Castell, Stephanie Barrett and the Ipsos Mori Trends and Futures team). By reducing carbon emissions and the farming of animals, these products reflect a potentially broader societal change towards more ethical consumption, say Castell and colleagues. Future generations may see the introduction of healthier artificial meat as "an early signal of the tide turning towards an attitude to wellness that considers the whole planet, as well as the consumer themselves".

Social and political change

This year was also one of social change, with the rise of the Black Lives Matters movement and other equality protests around the world. To capture these broad and diverse changes in a single object, Samantha Matters proposed the toppled head of a statue. She specifically chose Montreal's statue of John A Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, which was pulled down by protestors in August because of his links to cruel policies that killed many indigenous people in the 19th Century. Yet it could equally be any one of the many ancestor statues that were either toppled or peacefully reassessed this year.

Many controversial statues of people once revered were reassessed this year (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

Many controversial statues of people once revered were reassessed this year (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

"The stories we choose to tell matter, the legacies we immortalise hold meaning," says Matters. "2020 was a time for old stories to land on new ears. This year was not the first to witness such an uprising, but perhaps amid the calamity that we continue to navigate, we will find a way for it to be the last," she continues. "Can we look at these defamed relics of the past not as something to be rebuilt and upheld, but as a symbol of the traumas of a future that will continue to divide us if we cannot find the courage to acknowledge the harms we have caused and make space for collective healing?"

In case you missed it, there was also an election in the US. There was much about that event that was unprecedented, and historians will record in detail what happened for future generations. But one suggestion for the time capsule spoke to a specific facet: the erosion of truth, and the rise of misinformation. Mathew Markman proposed we include a local printed newspaper. It may be an increasingly archaic medium, but it speaks to what we are leaving behind as we move deeper into the digital age, he argues. "While not immune to the perils of politics and propaganda, the printed press is a tangible product that carries the potential to ground our reality in the local community," Markman explains. "It is an allusion to a time when (dis)information was slowed by its corporal form, and that which was most important to us could be found in our immediate surroundings."

Connection and care

One of the more popular themes running through our capsule nominations was the concept of community. While in 2020 there were many points of tension and anger, selfishness and polarisation, a number of our proposers spoke of the relationships they forged, and the neighbourliness they discovered.

Who your neighbours are became more important than ever this year (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

Who your neighbours are became more important than ever this year (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

One nomination we got from Thailand was literally the neighbours (Aline Roldan): "I did not know who they were and suddenly they were the only people I could interact with on a daily basis". (Heartening as this is, we would never dream of burying her neighbours inside a time capsule.)

Another community-minded nomination was the Indian diya (Deepshikha Dash), an oil lamp usually made from clay. "This earthen artefact has been a symbol of hope and victory for centuries and is often seen as the remover of darkness, both literally and figuratively," says Dash. This year, many Indians lit the lamps at the same time: 21:00 for nine minutes, "demonstrating how an old cultural artefact was used to motivate and build hope in the masses, while giving them the strength to unite and move forward during darkness and uncertainty".

The Indian diya provided a shared sense of light (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

The Indian diya provided a shared sense of light (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont)

Other nominations spoke to personal relationships within the pandemic – those created and those missed. One suggestion for inclusion was the hug curtain (Javier Hirschfeld), the slightly strange plastic sheet with arms that allowed relatives and friends to embrace this year without spreading the virus. In this vein of unusual inventions, one person nominated a futuristic piece of clothing called the Micrashell (Leah Zaldi), which looks like a cyberpunk astronaut suit, and allows people to socialise and dance together while remaining distanced.

Maggie Greyson suggested an object that told a specific personal story about friendship: a hand-typed telegram on yellow paper. It was a meaningful thank-you note, she explains, sent by a friend who was struggling after being laid off. Greyson had helped her rediscover her passions. "An old-timey French man with a moustache and postmaster hat showed up at my door with a note of love and gratitude. He delivered a deeply human experience in a hand-typed telegram, on yellow paper. He left his sweet bicycle on the sidewalk and my husband remarked on how beautiful it was."

Virkein Dhar nominated a journal of her drawings that helped to connect her and others via a WhatsApp group this year. Every day between 28 March and 7 November, Dhar's friend read a poem in Hindi, Urdu and English for the group via a WhatsApp audio note, and Dhar drew illustrations in response. The end result was called "226 – Zoon", named after the Kashmiri word for "moon" – "a journal of 226 sheets of drawings, interspersed with snippets of prose and ramblings, hand sewn into an archive of the sense of each day as it has played out in lockdown". The project was captured in this digital archive.

Future gifts

The last category of submissions we received fell under the theme of "gifts to the future".

Erica Bol, from the Netherlands, suggested a set of teaching materials called the Futures Thinking Playbook, which features interactive exercises that Bol hopes could help tomorrow's children anticipate and influence the future. "It is difficult to teach something that doesn’t exist yet, but children can learn the skills to better prepare for the future," she says. "Covid-19 brutally showed us 'change' is around the corner, the world does change, sometimes faster, sometimes slower and we can better prepare for it."

And the final object to go in our time capsule? Roman Krznaric, the author of the book The Good Ancestor, had a mischievous-but-meaningful suggestion: another, smaller time capsule, inside the first one. "On one level this time capsule is a symbol of our desire to communicate with future generations," he explains. "It tells them that we care about the world we are bequeathing them, which is full of risks and possibilities. But the time capsule is also in itself an intergenerational gift we are passing down, which the citizens of the future can fill and themselves pass on to their descendants.

"As each generation passes on a time capsule inside their capsule to the next generation, the time capsules may well become progressively smaller, but they will also become a great chain connecting all generations through time."

So, with that, our time capsule is almost full. But there is room for one or two more objects that we may have missed. What would you want to propose? Let us know on our social media channels below.

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How to Write a Time Capsule Letter + Examples

Time capsules are fun to put together no matter your age. It’s a great activity for anyone’s bucket list.Time capsules are often put together during a momentous time in people’s lives. They could commemorate a graduation, a wedding, or the birth of a child.

Time capsules are fun to put together no matter your age. It’s a great activity for anyone’s bucket list. Time capsules are often put together during a momentous time in people’s lives. They could commemorate a graduation, a wedding, or the birth of a child. When it’s opened years later, the items inside serve as a unique version of a family heirloom.

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Time capsules contain special items that remind people of the era the capsule was sealed. This might include a mixtape filled with nostalgic songs or a newspaper from the day the capsule was closed. Time capsules often contain a letter.

If you’re putting together a time capsule, this letter could be to your future self. It could also be addressed to a child, grandchild, or another loved one who might open the time capsule someday. Here are our tips on crafting the perfect time capsule letter.  

Tip: Before you start writing your letter, make sure your time capsule box can handle the job. Read our article on how to make a time capsule container for tips and instructions.

How to Write a Time Capsule Letter to Yourself

If you’re writing a letter to yourself, you might not know where to begin. Writing letters to other people is easy because you have information to communicate with them. Writing a letter to yourself is more challenging. You already know all the things you know!

But keep in mind, you’re writing to yourself in the future. Things that are fresh in your mind now may have faded away completely in five or ten years. Here are some tips to help you get started:  

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Step 1: State why you’re writing the letter

Most time capsules are put together to commemorate an important milestone in your life. If this is the case, be sure to talk about that in your letter.

Are you a graduating teen creating a time capsule for yourself to revisit in the future? Discuss that and fill in information about what life is like. That will help your adult self dial into your state of mind.

Step 2: Talk about your feelings

When you open a time capsule, you may remember what your motivation was, kind of. But you might not recall your deeper emotions at the time.

If you’re creating a time capsule to remember a period in your life, include your feelings. Are you happy? Frustrated? Is your heart set on someplace or goal for the future? Talk about your state of mind and your wishes.

Step 3: Write about specific events

Focusing on something concrete might help you figure out what else you want to say. Fill in specific details of what’s going on in your life right now. That information can help ground you.  

Step 4: Write about memories

Sometimes we create time capsules because we’re feeling nostalgic about certain eras of our lives. Our memories may not serve us as well as we wish. So we create a time capsule for our future self to remind them of memories that elude us.

Talk about meaningful memories that have made an impact on you. Write them out in detail to give your future self something fun to remember. 

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Step 5: Talk about your day-to-day

If your time capsule isn’t motivated by a certain event, you may be struggling with what to say. Why not present a slice of your current life.

Things that seem so routine to you now may be a distant, funny memory to you in the future. Or your future self may follow all the same routines without realizing how far back these quirks extend. From there, you can talk about who your closest friends are at this moment in time, and all the other important things in your life.

Examples of a Time Capsule Letter to Your Future Self

Still at a loss for words? Here are a few examples of letters written to a future self:

1. Dear Future Me,

Last night I graduated from high school. I don’t really know how I feel about it yet. It’s weird to feel like I’m basically an adult when I don’t really know anything about being on my own. On the other hand, it’s super annoying that all the grown-ups in my life keep telling me how much I don’t know about life. I know enough to know I’m not completely unprepared.

I’m writing this letter to myself to remind myself that when I’m an adult, I shouldn’t make teenagers feel stupid. The world we live in is kind of intense and scary. I’m not unaware of that. I can only imagine it will be weirder in the future. I want to make sure I remember when I have kids not to treat them like they don’t get it.

2. Dear Future Self,

I’m writing this letter on day one of my self-imposed Year of No Dating. Growing up, I used to criticize my mom for her terrible taste in men. But now that I’m in my twenties, I see myself making the same mistakes she did. Unlike her though, I don’t have kids yet to mess up with my bad choices. I’d like to someday, though. So that’s why I’m going to do the work and fix this now.

I’m creating this time capsule at the recommendation of my therapist. I plan to write about all my exes and break down what has been going wrong in my relationships. By doing this, I hope to address my behavior. I also want to learn to recognize patterns that I can avoid in the future. At the end of the year, I’ll revisit everything in this capsule. I’ll also review my conclusions before getting serious with someone in the future.  

How to Write a Time Capsule Letter for Your Child, Grandchild, or Another Loved One

If you’re writing a time capsule letter for a loved one, it’s a little easier to know what to write. The main thing is to talk about your intentions. This is especially important if you don’t know that you’ll be around to answer any questions when it is opened in the future. Here are some other good tips:

Step 1: Make sure to address the letter to its intended recipient

If you’re creating a time capsule with the intent that a loved one should open it, include that information in your letter. If you’re writing a letter to someone specific, like a loved one, address it to their name.

If you’re writing it to unknown loved ones, like a grandchild who hasn’t been born yet, keep the greeting more general. For instance: “Dear future grandchildren”. 

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Step 2: Communicate the why

Let the recipient know why you’ve created the time capsule. If you’re doing it to celebrate the birth of your first grandchild, you can talk about that.

You can also write out any hopes and dreams you have for them and make predictions about what their future hobbies or talents might be. 

Step 3: Explain why you included each artifact

If you’re worried you won’t be around when the time capsule is opened, you can write out why you included each item or family heirloom inside.

Even if you do plan to be around, write it out anyway. You’d be surprised what you might forget about in five or ten years.

Step 4: Share specific memories

Sometimes, when people are looking for fun memory jar ideas, they decide to use a time capsule instead of a jar. If you do this, you can skip over including objects and write out several memories instead.

You can include these memories in a letter, or write them on individual slips of paper so multiple people can read them together. 

Examples of a Time Capsule Letter to a Loved One

Not sure how to get started? It’s okay! Check our examples of time capsule letters for loved ones: 

1. To My Dearest Love,

Tomorrow I get to marry you. I know I should be sleeping, but I’m just too excited. I look so forward to our life together. I’ve decided to start a time capsule. I’m filling it with mementos of our relationship up until now. I’ll also include little things from our wedding, including an invitation and flowers from my bouquet. I also plan to write down some of my favorite memories of our time together. In ten years, I look forward to opening this up with you and walking down memory lane

2. Dear future grandchildren,

I am writing this note to you because I am very ill. As much as I hope to be there in your lives, I may take my last breath before you take your first.

But I think it’s the job of every grandparent to tell their grandbabies all about their parents. So I’ve put together this time capsule for my daughter—your mother—so you can see her through my eyes. 

Writing a Time Capsule Letter to Yourself or a Loved One

Time capsules can be a sweet way to remember a family member or preserve memories associated with a special moment in your life. They can also serve as a fun slice-of-life for your future self to look back on.

Whether you create your time capsule for yourself or a loved one, the letter you enclose can clarify your reasoning. The letter may be the most interesting thing in your time capsule. Take the time to make it special. 

5 Ways to Create a Time Capsule

Time capsules are fun to make, and even more, fun to open years down the line. A time capsule can be any container that holds objects meant for people to open in the future, whether that be in 5, 10,…

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    Choose an audience for your time capsule. Think about who your time capsule is for. This will help you pick contents, a location for the capsule, and a container. Whether you plan to open the capsule yourself, you would rather have your grandchildren open it, or you want a stranger from the distant future to stumble upon it, you should be clear about your intent.

    • If you are struggling to find an audience, think about what kind you would most like to open. Do you wish your grandparents had left you a time capsule filled with memorabilia and handwritten notes? Does the thought of opening a 150 year old capsule left by someone lost to time long ago thrill you?
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    Make a list of possible objects to include for your audience.. Depending on your audience, you may have different priorities for your contents. You can always collect more objects for your time capsule than you end up putting in. Your only limits are space and the ability of your capsule contents to be safely stored.[1]

    • If the capsule is for yourself, focus on personal mementos of your life as it is right now. Things like a pair of earbuds you wore every day for 2 years, an old key, or a takeout menu from a favorite restaurant will bring memories back in just a few years.
    • For a time capsule that you plan to pass down to your children or grandchildren, find things that will interest them about your life and your world. Both personal objects of significance to you and your family, like wedding invitations, and things that depict the state of the world, like technology, are good choices.
    • If your capsule is for people in the far future to uncover long after you are gone, focus on the era you are in. Things that may seem to be of little value now may be fascinating to someone in 75 or 100 years.


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    Put toys in the capsule for kids. If you are making the time capsule with children, or for future children, toys and simple games can be a way to excite kids about the experience. Of course, don't lock a child's favorite toy away for years and years, but a handful of toys from when they were younger can help them get interested.

    • Toys can change over the years more than you might think, and for a child they can be fondly remembered years later.
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    Pick out some current newspapers or magazines. For a more general audience, print media showing current events or trends is a good choice to carry into the future a sense of what it was like to be alive in your era. You can even cut out headlines or articles from the day the capsule will be put in its resting place.[2]

    • Be sure to keep the paper in plastic sleeves to ensure that it is preserved.
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    Store journals, letters, and photographs for a personal touch. Whether or not the time capsule is for you and your family, many people find it rewarding to read messages between people from the past. Journals and photographs each provide a captivating look at another person's life, as well.[3]

    • These are especially vulnerable to damage, so protect them in special archival sheets if the capsule will last more than 5 years.
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    Choose any other objects that are compact and non-perishable. There is no limit to what you can keep in a time capsule, so long as it will fit and won't reach its expiration date before you want it to be opened. Most food and drink are not great candidates for your time capsule, as they are likely to rot or spoil before the opening date.

    • If you are out of ideas for what to put in your time capsule, run through your daily activities in your head. What objects do you use? What do you look at? What do you read? Asking yourself these questions can give you many new ideas.
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    Write and enclose a letter, if desired. This gives you an opportunity to tell your future audience about daily life, current fads, fashions, attitudes, and trends, what you think the future might look like, and anything else that you would like to say. You can also mention your intentions in creating the capsule.[4]

    • Write the letter as though it were addressed directly to whoever will open the capsule. This will give it a much more personal feeling than a letter that is closer to a list of facts than a piece of communication.
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    Make an inventory of everything in the capsule. Write down all of the contents and place the list in the capsule and in your records. This will help future openers know that everything is in place, and help you remember what you put in the capsule.[5]


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    Choose a duration for your time capsule. For a personal time capsule, 10 to 30 years may be enough, whereas a generational time capsule meant for your grandchildren may need to last 60 to 70 years. If you want your capsule to be opened at an even later date, you will want to start planning the logistics.

    • It's okay to not have a specific date for the capsule to be opened. Maybe you want to open it when you are married or reach retirement.
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    Plan for the worst wear and tear. No matter wear you plan to store your time capsule, damage could ruin the contents before anyone ever sees them. You should keep the contents wrapped separately from one another and choose a container that can withstand worse than it is likely to endure.[6]

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    Use a shoebox, bin, or old suitcase for a short-term, indoor option. If your capsule is only supposed to last 5 to 10 years, a simple, everyday container will keep the contents safely tucked away and easily portable, without the risk of outdoor stowing.

    • Keep in mind that a capsule made of cardboard or paper may be completely destroyed by fire, flood, or other natural disaster.
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    Use a coffee canister for a simple, short-term choice. If you have a used coffee tin around, the aluminum will hold up below ground for around 10 years. To avoid getting water past the lid, bury the container inside a Ziploc bag, or other airtight plastic wrapping.[7]

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    Select a highly weatherproof for long-term stowage. If you plan to place the time capsule outdoors or bury the time capsule, select a container that is likely to survive, like a commercial or home-built aluminum, stainless steel, or PVC plastic capsule.[8]

    • One example of a sturdy home-built PVC container is a PVC tube with an end cap attached with PVC cement and a test cap lid that can be screwed tightly into the pipe.[9]
    • Consider using desiccant "gel bags", such as those included in the packaging of electronic goods and in bottles of vitamin tablets. These help to absorb any moisture that may have been present at the time of encapsulation and help to kill microbes that may make some of your items perish.


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    Use your imagined audience to decide where to put the capsule. If you are planning on opening the time capsule yourself, you may be able to store it in your own home or buried in your backyard. For an audience in the future aside from your family, a spot that is off of private property may be best.

    • Be sure to store your outdoor capsule in a place that is safe from development and construction, like just outside a national park or landmark, particularly if you choose to bury it.
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    Choose burial for a traditional time capsule approach. While burial may not be the best choice, for several reasons, it is certainly the classic way to store your capsule. Buried capsules are very likely to be forgotten or lost, and being underground makes the contents much more susceptible to damage from moisture.[10]

    • Another positive side of underground storage is that it is less likely to be removed or opened early as it might be indoors. Outdoor storage has a better chance of staying in one place.
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    Store your time capsule indoors for a safer alternative. Out of the elements, indoor time capsules are a secure alternative to storing them underground. While they may be more tempting to open and a little less captivating than buried time capsules, you should still consider an indoor approach for shorter term storage.

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    Choose an outdoor, above-ground option for a fun challenge. One interesting alternative is to store your time capsule items in a stainless steel vacuum food jar hidden inside a camouflaged polyurethane hollow rock or log.[11]

    • These above-ground time capsules are called Geocapsules and can provide a further level of adventure to the time capsule experience.


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    Mark the container with the current date and the intended opening date. This ensures that the opener knows the exact origin of your time capsule and, if they found it unintentionally, knows when to open it.[12]

    • Avoid using ink to mark the outside of a buried capsule. An engraving would hold up best, but weather-grade paint is another good option.
    • Noting these dates on the outside and inside of the capsule creates extra assurance.
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    Do something to remind yourself or others about the time capsule. At minimum, you will need to record the location and intended opening date on paper, digitally, and in a secure location. If you keep a calendar, set reminders each year, or schedule an email to be sent to you on a certain date.[13]

    • Consider writing the location and opening date in your will, or leave a letter with a grandchild containing instructions.
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    Make extra arrangements for a time capsule that will outlive you. If your time capsule is intended for retrieval years or decades after its original placement, make doubly sure that several people know of its exact location and surroundings. Ask them to hold the information for safekeeping, passing it along if necessary.

    • Take photographs of your placement, identify GPS coordinates, and write down all data important for relocating the precise location.
    • Register the time capsule to make it feel more official, and give the capsule a higher chance of being found if all else fails.[14]
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    Seal the time capsule and store it. Be sure to seal it tightly and completely. Remember to use a plastic bag on the outside as well for outdoor storage. If it's a personal time capsule, the hard part will be resisting the urge to open it, but soon you will forget all about it until you are reminded![15]

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    Place a marker of some kind on the exact site of a buried capsule. Even if it is just a painted rock, keeping some kind of visible, yet not overt, sign of the spot to dig for the capsule will help you or someone else in the future avoid losing the treasure.


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  • Question

    How do I write a letter to my granddaughter in my capsule?

    Community Answer

    Write something heartfelt, and what it was like when you were her age, or like her. Write something you think she would like, and things that you like right now. Maybe you would want to write down some of your favourite recipes and then she would be able to have recipes for her kids if she ever get to have any. Tell her about your way of life right now and the things you've achieved in life and still hope to achieve. Offer her words of wisdom for when she reaches your age now.

  • Question

    Would my time capsule be damaged if I used a metal lunch box and sealed it with duct tape?

    Community Answer

    No, if anything that would protect the capsule, as well as provide a sturdy container for the items

  • Question

    What sorts of things can I put inside of it?

    Community Answer

    Try putting in some things that are currently popular or new. This includes things like electronics, music, news paper clippings, small accessories, coins, etc. You don't want to put something in that you bought a decade ago.

  • Question

    How far down am I supposed to bury it?

    Julian Mulroy

    If you wish to bury your time capsule, it should not be buried too far below ground (6"-1') and if it is buried, you should leave something to remind people where it is.

  • Question

    What should I put my time capsule in?

    Community Answer

    Put your capsule in a durable, sturdy box made of plastic if you are going to bury it. If you aren't going to bury it, any nice container will do.

  • Question

    Could I put in a broken phone, or would it be of no use to future generations?

    Community Answer

    Aside from the value of its raw components, it will be as valuable to future generations as it is to you right now.

  • Question

    Will a box wrapped in several layers of duct tape and buried underground be preserved?

    Community Answer

    Yes, that should preserve the box well.

  • Question

    Can I use a plastic bag as a time capsule?

    Community Answer

    I guess you could, but your items won't be preserved for very long underground if you intend to bury the bag.

  • Question

    What kind of ink and paper should I use for something in my time capsule?

    Community Answer

    I think that just using regular paper would be fine, but you could also use card stock or folded paper to make it more durable. And for the ink, I would recommend a fine tip pen because if the ink were to spread over time, it would still look as if it has just been written.

  • Question

    Could I put a picture of myself in the box?

    Community Answer

    Yes, of course!

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To create a time capsule, start by finding a shoebox, bin, or old suitcase. Then, pack it with items that show what it’s like to live today. For example, pack a recent newspaper or magazine, currency, fashionable clothes, photographs, or packaging from your favorite candies. You can also write a description of what it’s like to live today so you can see how much the world has changed when you open the time capsule. For instance, write about current fads, attitudes, and hot topics of the day. When you’ve finished making your time capsule, you can store it inside to protect it from the elements, or you can bury it outside. If you choose to bury your time capsule, add a few gel bags to reduce moisture and stop your items decaying over the years. For more tips, including how to set a reminder to open your time capsule, read on!

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Experts pull documents, money from Lee statue time capsule

A different time capsule was discovered two weeks ago, generating excitement, but hours of painstaking and ultimately anti-climactic examination suggested that artifact was placed by someone else ...

RICHMOND, Va. -- Conservation experts in Virginia’s capital pulled books, money, ammunition, documents and other artifacts Tuesday from a long-sought-after time capsule found in the remnants of a pedestal that once held a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Over the course of about two hours, the team sliced open the 36-pound copper box and meticulously pried apart and documented the damp contents. The box had been tucked in a foundation cornerstone of the massive — and now mostly deconstructed — Richmond monument since 1887.

The time capsule had drawn substantial interest, both because it proved to be elusive during an earlier search and because historical records had led to some speculation it might contain a rare photo of President Abraham Lincoln after his death. Ultimately, such a photo was not found.

The conservation team was able to identify many of the items immediately as they were pulled from the box, though some materials were warped from water damage and required further study. Experts were on hand to triage the artifacts.

“They were more waterlogged than we had hoped but not as bad as it could have been," said Kate Ridgway, the lead conservator for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

The time capsule had been found a day earlier — buried and sitting in water — by workers wrapping up the removal of the Lee statue pedestal.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the enormous equestrian statue of Lee removed in 2020, amid the global protest movement sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. Litigation pushed back his plans, and the statue was not removed until September, after a court cleared the way.

Contemporaneous news accounts from the late 1800s detailed the placement of the box in the cornerstone of the pedestal, but a lengthy search during the statue removal came up empty.

Earlier this month, Northam ordered the pedestal removed as well, and crews working on the project again started to search for the artifact. A different time capsule was discovered two weeks ago, generating excitement, but hours of painstaking and ultimately anti-climactic examination suggested that artifact was placed by someone else, perhaps someone involved with the construction.

Ridgway said the measurements and copper material of the box opened Tuesday matched historical accounts. As the contents inside were unpacked, they largely lined up with the items listed in a newspaper article from the time.

One tidbit in that newspaper article had led to some conjecture that the capsule might contain a historically significant photo of Lincoln. It listed among the contents a “picture of Lincoln lying in his coffin.”

On Tuesday, conservators found a printed image from an 1865 issue of Harper’s Weekly that they said seemed to show a figure grieving over Lincoln’s grave — but it was not the much-anticipated photo.

“It was not an original. It was perhaps taken from a photograph, but it is an engraving,” said Sue Donovan, conservator for special collections at the University of Virginia Library.

The contents of the tightly packed box had expanded from the dampness and stuck together, making unpacking difficult, so conservators decided to relieve pressure by cutting down one side.

“Not ideal, but it’s the way it is,” Ridgway said.

After Ridgway and other team members meticulously extracted each object, other conservators would cart the pieces to the back of the lab for further study and cataloging. The team made sure to photograph each object before manipulating it.

Along with several waterlogged books, pamphlets and newspapers, the box contained an envelope of Confederate money, which conservators carefully separated, and two carved artifacts — a Masonic symbol and a Confederate flag said to have be made from the tree that grew over Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s original grave.

Conservators also pulled buttons, coins and Minié balls, a type of bullet used in the Civil War, from the box. A bomb squad had checked the capsule Monday, partly to make sure there was no live ammunition inside.

Ridgway told reporters after the box had been emptied that there was some question about whether calling the vessel a time capsule was the most accurate terminology, as it did not appear to have a definitive date when it was expected to have been opened.

“A cornerstone box is probably more accurate,” she said.

No inscription could be seen on the box's interior or exterior, though Ridgway said it was possible that any such carving could have corroded away with time.

The Lee monument used to be part of a collection of Confederate statuary that dotted historic Monument Avenue in Richmond, which was capital of the Confederacy for most of the Civil War. The other Confederate statues, which were the property of the city, were removed last year.

Crews find second potential time capsule at Virginia's ...

Time capsule hidden beneath Robert E. Lee statue is opened 01:28. Crews wrapping up the removal Monday of a giant pedestal that once held a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond ...


Crews wrapping up the removal Monday of a giant pedestal that once held a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond found what appeared to be a second and long-sought-after time capsule, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said.

The governor tweeted photos of a box being removed from the site and said conservators were studying the artifact.

"They found it! This is likely the time capsule everyone was looking for," he tweeted.

It wasn't immediately clear what kind of condition any contents might be in.

They found it! This is likely the time capsule everyone was looking for. Conservators studying it—stay tuned for next steps! (Won’t be opened today)

— Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) December 27, 2021

Northam announced later on Monday that the capsule would be opened at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday at the Department of Historic Resources lab, saying it "appears to be the time capsule that historians believe was placed on October 27, 1887 — it is made of copper and matches the size listed in the historical record."

X-rays give a first look inside the time capsule: Experts believe there may be coins, books, buttons, and even ammunition from the Civil War.

The box will be opened tomorrow at 1:00 PM!

— Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) December 27, 2021

The development marked the latest turn in a months-long search for the capsule, which contemporaneous news accounts indicate was placed during a cornerstone-laying ceremony in 1887 attended by thousands of people. News accounts described its dozens of donated artifacts, including Confederate memorabilia. Based on historical records, some have also speculated the capsule might contain a rare photo of deceased President Abraham Lincoln.

Earlier this month, crews dismantling the pedestal found a time capsule embedded in a granite block that some initially thought might have been the one placed in 1887. But after state conservators spent hours last week gingerly prying the box open, they didn't find the expected trove of objects related to the Confederacy. Instead, conservators pulled out a few waterlogged books, a silver coin and an envelope with some papers.

The prevailing theory last week was that the lead box was left by a person — or persons — who oversaw the monument's construction.

The search for the 1887 time capsule resumed Monday.

Devon Henry, the contractor whose company was overseeing the removal, said the box was found inside a granite enclosure basically at ground level, surrounded by fill and other construction material. Workers pulled off the top of the granite enclosure to find the box, which appeared to be made of copper, sitting in water, Henry said.

The box was then covered in bubble wrap and transported by vehicle from the site for further study, he said.

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Conservator for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Chelsea Blake, works to open a time capsule that was removed form the pedestal that once held the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave. Wednesday, December 22, 2021, in Richmond, Virginia. Steve Helber / AP

The Lee statue, which depicted the general atop a horse, was erected on the soaring pedestal in 1890 in the former capital of the Confederacy. Its removal in September came more than a year after Northam ordered it in the wake of protests that erupted after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The statue was one of five enormous Confederate tributes along Monument Avenue, and the only one that belonged to the state. The four city-owned statues were taken down in 2020, but the Lee statue's removal was blocked by two lawsuits until a ruling from the Supreme Court of Virginia in September cleared the way for it to be dismantled.

Crews searched for the time capsule then, digging and removing some massive stones, but were unable to locate it.

Henry said it was found Monday in the northeast corner of the pedestal, about 4 feet below the area initially searched.

Northam's administration initially planned to leave the pedestal in place but announced in early December that contractors would remove the behemoth, now covered in graffiti, and transfer the grassy traffic circle it inhabited to the city of Richmond. The administration has said it will be stored until "next steps" have been determined.

Finalizing the removal work at the site will likely take another week, Henry said.

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The AirPort Time Capsule (originally named Time Capsule) is a wireless router which was sold by Apple Inc., featuring network-attached storage (NAS) and a residential gateway router, and is one of Apple's AirPort products. They are, essentially, versions of the AirPort Extreme with an internal hard drive.Apple describes it as a "Backup Appliance", designed to work in tandem with the Time ...

The AirPort Time Capsule (originally named Time Capsule) is a wireless router which was sold by Apple Inc., featuring network-attached storage (NAS) and a residential gateway router, and is one of Apple's AirPort products. They are, essentially, versions of the AirPort Extreme with an internal hard drive. Apple describes it as a "Backup Appliance", designed to work in tandem with the Time Machine backup software utility introduced in Mac OS X 10.5.[1]

Introduced on January 15, 2008 and released on February 29, 2008, the device has been upgraded several times, matching upgrades in the Extreme series routers. The earliest versions supported 802.11n wireless and came with a 500 GB hard drive in the base model, while the latest model, introduced in 2013, features 802.11ac and a 3 TB hard drive.[2] All models include four Gigabit Ethernet ports (3 LAN ports, 1 WAN port) and a single USB port. The USB port can be used for external peripheral devices to be shared over the network, such as external hard drives or printers. The NAS functionality utilizes a built-in "server grade" hard drive.

In 2016, Apple disbanded its wireless router development team, and in 2018 the entire AirPort line of products was discontinued without replacement.


In early 2009, Apple released the second generation Time Capsule. It offered simultaneous 802.11n dual-band operation, which allows older devices to use slower wireless speeds, without affecting the overall performance of devices that can use higher 802.11n speeds.[3] The second generation model also included the addition of Guest Networking, a feature which allows creation of a separate wireless network for guests. The guest network uses different authentication credentials, ensuring the security of the primary network.[3] The hard disk storage space of each model was doubled: capacities were 1 TB 2 TB, while the prices remained unchanged.[4]

In October 2009, several news sites reported that many first generation Time Capsules were failing after 18 months,[5] with some users alleging that this was due to a design failure in the power supplies.[6] Apple confirmed that certain Time Capsules sold between February 2008 and June 2008 do not power on, or may unexpectedly turn off. Apple offered free repair or replacement to affected units.[7]

The third generation Time Capsule was released in October 2009. The only change was a reconfiguration of the internal wireless antenna, resulting in an Apple-reported 50% increase in wireless performance and 25% increase in wireless range when compared to previous models.[3]

The fourth generation Time Capsule, released in June 2011, increased the range of Wi-Fi signals. The internal Wi-Fi card was changed from a Marvell Wi-Fi chip to a better-performing Broadcom BCM4331 chip.[8]

Rear ports on fifth generation AirPort Time Capsule


In approximately 2016, Apple disbanded the wireless router team that developed the AirPort Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme router.[9] In 2018, Apple formally discontinued both products, exiting the router market.[10] Bloomberg News noted that "Apple rarely discontinues product categories"[10] and that its decision to leave the business was "a boon for other wireless router makers."[9]


The fifth generation Time Capsule includes a fully featured, 802.11ac, Wi-Fi access point[3] including simultaneous dual-band operation. The Time Capsule supports the Sleep Proxy Service.[11]

The software is specially built by Apple and is not user modifiable. While the firmware has been decrypted,[12] a suitable privilege escalation exploit to run custom firmware is not developed for the latest firmware. However, the device runs a POSIX standard platform. The Time Capsule up to the fourth generation runs on the ARM port of operating system NetBSD 4.0, while the fifth generation model runs NetBSD 6.[13][14]

One of the key features of Time Capsule is the ability to back up a system and files wirelessly and automatically, eliminating the need to attach an external backup drive. This feature requires OS X 10.5.2 Leopard or greater on the client computers. The backup software is Apple's Time Machine, which, by default, makes hourly images of the files that are being changed, and condenses backup images as they become older, to save space. Even when using an 802.11n wireless or Gigabit Ethernet connection, the initial backup of any Mac to the drive requires significant time; Apple suggests that the initial backup will require "several hours or overnight to complete".[15]

The hard drive typically found in a Time Capsule is the Hitachi Deskstar, which is sold by Hitachi as a consumer-grade product—the Hitachi Ultrastar is the enterprise version.[16] Apple labeled the drive as a server-grade drive in promotional material for Time Capsule, and also used this type of drive in its discontinued Xserve servers. Apple states that the Hitachi Deskstar meets or exceeds the 1 million hours mean time between failures (MTBF) recommendation for server-grade hard drives.[17]

The 500 GB, first generation Time Capsule shipped with a Seagate Barracuda ES-series drive;[18] or subsequently, other hard drives such as the Western Digital Caviar Green series.[19]

The Time Capsules up to the 4th generation measure 7.7 inches (200 mm) square, and 1.4 inches (36 mm) high.[20]

The June 2013 release of the 5th generation models features a name change to AirPort Time Capsule, and a redesign with measurements 3.85 inches (9.8 cm) square, and 6.6 inches (17 cm) high. The square dimensions echo the size of both the latest AirPort Express and Apple TVs (2nd generation onwards), just with the height being significantly higher. The 2013 models feature the same I/O ports on the back as previous generations, and come in the same capacities as the 4th generation of 2 TB & 3 TB, but have introduced the newest Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac. The AirPort Extreme released at the same time is exactly the same in dimensions and I/O ports, just without the internal harddrive of the AirPort Time Capsule. 2013 models feature faster download speed, beam-forming improvements and wireless or desktop network control with iCloud integration. Airport is compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac specifications. Also improved, Airport Utility has added one click Time Capsule format from the utility's Airport Time Capsule, Edit, Disks menu, allowing easy and rapid Erase Disk and Archive Disk to start over or configure Network. Disk Erase includes up to 35 passes and device includes encrypted storage plus optional WAN sharing, making Airport extremely secure and flexible for home, class and office environments. Airport Utility is a free download.[21]

Comparison chart[edit]

Model 1st generation
(early 2008)
2nd generation
(early & mid 2009)
3rd generation
(late 2009)
4th generation
(mid 2011)
5th generation
(mid 2013)
Marketing name Time Capsule AirPort Time Capsule
Release date February 29, 2008 March 3, 2009 July 30, 2009 October 20, 2009[22] June 21, 2011 June 10, 2013
Marketing model number MB276LL/A MB277LL/A MB764LL/A MB765LL/A MB996LL/A MC343LL/A MC344LL/A MD032LL/A MD033LL/A ME177LL/A ME182LL/A
Model number A1254 A1302 A1355 A1409 A1470
Hard drive 500 GB 1 TB 500 GB 1 TB 2 TB 1 TB 2 TB 3 TB 2 TB 3 TB
Original price US9 US9 US9 US9 US9 US9 US9 US9 US9 US9 US9
Guest networking No Yes
802.11a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz bands Single-band operation Dual-band operation
Internal Wi-Fi Marvell Atheros AR9220/AR9223 Marvell Broadcom BCM4331 Broadcom BCM4360
Standards 802.11 DSSS 1 & 2 Mbit/s standard, 802.11a/b/g/n (draft) 802.11 DSSS 1 & 2 Mbit/s standard, 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11 DSSS 1 & 2 Mbit/s standard, 802.11ac (draft)/a/b/g/n
Data link protocol Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n (draft) Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11ac (draft)/a/b/g/n
Network / transport protocol Bonjour, IPsec, L2TP, PPTP Bonjour, DHCP, DNS, IPsec, L2TP, PPPoE, PPTP
CPU Marvell 1850 step A0 (Feroceon core) [88F5281 Rev 4]
RAM 128 MB

  1. ^ Price cut in July 2009 with introduction of 2 TB model, as the 1 TB model became the lower-capacity Time Capsule.

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Contents of Robert E. Lee statue time capsule in 'better ...

Contents of Robert E. Lee statue time capsule in 'better shape than we expected,' officials say Books, money, ammunition, documents and other artifacts were in the capsule, found in the pedestal...

RICHMOND, Va. — Conservation experts in Virginia’s capital Tuesday pulled books, money, ammunition, documents and other artifacts from a time capsule found in the remnants of a pedestal that once held a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The lead conservator for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Kate Ridgway, said the measurements and material of the box, copper, match historical accounts. As the contents inside were unpacked, they appeared to match the description of the 1887 time capsule they had been looking for.

“It does appear that this is the box we expected,” she told reporters.

Records maintained by the Library of Virginia suggest that dozens of Richmond residents, organizations and businesses contributed about 60 objects to the capsule, including Confederate memorabilia.

The box was discovered and carefully extracted from the monument site a day earlier, marking the end of a long search for the elusive capsule. Ridgway said the box, which weighed 36 pounds, was found in water in a little alcove of the pedestal. The contents were damp, but “it’s not soup,” Ridgway said.

“I think it’s in better shape than we expected,” she said.

Historical records had led to some speculation that the capsule might contain a rare and historically significant photo of deceased President Abraham Lincoln. One line from a newspaper article listed among the contents a “picture of Lincoln lying in his coffin.”

Image: Virginia state conservators work on a box believed to be a time capsule left in the pedestal at the former site of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Va., on Dec. 28, 2021.
Virginia state conservators work on a box believed to be a time capsule left in the pedestal at the former site of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Va., on Dec. 28, 2021.Sarah Rankin / AP

On Tuesday, conservators found a printed image from an 1865 issue of Harper’s Weekly in the time capsule that Ridgway said seemed to show a figure grieving over Lincoln’s grave — but did not appear to be the much-anticipated photo.

Harold Holzer, a historian and Lincoln scholar, had previously told The Associated Press he believed it highly unlikely that the time capsule contained an actual photograph of Lincoln in his coffin because the only known photo of Lincoln in death was taken by photographer Jeremiah Gurney in City Hall in New York on April 24, 1865.

The contents of the tightly packed box had expanded from the damp and stuck together, making unpacking difficult, so conservators decided to relieve pressure by cutting down one side.

“Not ideal, but it’s the way it is,” Ridgway said.

Along with several waterlogged books, pamphlets and newspapers, the box contained an envelope of Confederate money, which conservators carefully separated, and two carved artifacts — a Masonic symbol and a Confederate flag said to have be made from the tree that grew over Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s original grave.

Conservators also pulled buttons, coins and Miniè balls, a type of bullet used in the Civil War, from the box. A bomb squad had checked the capsule Monday, partly to make sure there was no live ammunition.


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the enormous equestrian statue of Lee removed in 2020, amid the global protest movement sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. Litigation pushed back his plans, and the statue was not removed until September, after a court cleared the way.

Contemporaneous news accounts from the late 1800s detailed the placement of the time capsule in the foundation of the pedestal, and imaging tests conducted earlier this year appeared to confirm its existence. But a lengthy search during the September statue removal came up empty.

Earlier this month, Northam ordered the pedestal removed as well, and crews working on the project again started to search for the artifact. A time capsule was discovered two weeks ago, generating excitement, but hours of painstaking and ultimately anti-climactic examination suggested that artifact was placed by someone else, perhaps someone involved with the construction.

Gym Opening Hours . Monday to Friday: 6am - 10pm. Saturday & Sunday: 8am - 6pm . Click here to view: The Time Capsule Fitness Class Timetable . JUNIOR GYM RESTRICTIONS. PLEASE NOTE. 11 year old's only have access to the gym and not fitness classes. 11-13 year old's can only use cardio machines. 12-15 year old's can attend non weight based group fitness sessions

Please only arrive for the Waterpark if you have booked and paid in advance as walk ins cannot be accommodated on the day.


- Please be advised that the waterpark will close from Monday 9th until Friday 13th May due to essential planned maintenance.

- We are unable to accept ‘Go Henry’ to make payments. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


- We are currently experiencing maintenance issues with our yellow lightning flume and tipping bucket and these will be closed until further notice. We are working hard to rectify these issues and apologise for any inconvenience.  Please keep an eye on our social media channels for any updates on this issue.

- Please note there is strictly no photography permitted within the venue and no external food should be brought into the venue.


Please follow current guidance from NLC and Scottish government when visiting our venue.


Opening Times

Monday - Friday - 4pm until 8pm (Term time) 

                             10am until 8pm ( School Holidays)

 Saturday and Sunday - 10am until 8pm 

Waterpark Bookings

Bookings must be made online or via telephone on 01236 449572.


Please note that when making a booking, the person making the booking will automatically be included.  E.g. if you are booking for a family of 4 you are only required to book and additional 3 spaces. 

Queuing for you session will be outside the venue so please be prepared for inclement weather. We will work towards getting everyone in as quickly as possible.

Please read the Admissions Policy prior to visiting the Waterpark to avoid disappointment on arrival

There is a charge of £2.30 per locker band.  On return of the locker band to reception you will receive a £2 refund per band.



Opening times 

For skating enquiries please emai[email protected]


Opening Times

Monday to Friday: 6am - 10pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8am - 6pm 




  • 11 year old's only have access to the gym and not fitness classes

  • 11-13 year old's can only use cardio machines

  • 12-15 year old's can attend non weight based group fitness sessions

  • Under 16s must accompanied by a responsible adult after 6pm.

  • 14 year old's and up can use cardio and fixed resistance machines.

  • 16 years old and above can attend any weight based group fitness sessions and also free weights area. 


Time Capsule 25m Pool Timetable



Our swimming lesson programme is fully booked at the moment. 

Viewing area for swimming lessons is located within the gallery area outside the Café Bar area


We have three cafes located in the venue. 

Opening / closing times subject to change.   Please check when you are in the venue for the current times.

Waterpark Cafe

Ice Cafe

Soft Play Cafe 


Opening Times

10am - 6pm

Parental responsibility applies in this area. 

This area is for ages 18 months - 12 years.


Do you have disability or impairment and want to improve your health? Or are you interested in swimming in competition, then Monklands Disabled Swimming Club is here for you. This long running club is looking for new members and volunteers. 

The club session is on a Wednesday from 8.15pm to 9.30pm. If you are interested in joining or want more details, then email [email protected]

Alternatively, if you leave your contact details with the Time Capsule someone from the club will be in touch.

The Time Capsule offers members a host of health and fitness facilities including cardio and weight resistance equipment in the gym and both training and fun swimming pools to fulfill your leisure and fitness needs.

The Time Capsule is home to Scotland's waterpark where you can try the awesome Tornado Tantrum, the only indoor water ride in Scotland where four people can travel together! Don’t miss Splashdown Island with its huge tipping water bucket, powerful water cannons and randomly activated water spouts. Ride the 100m long speed Storm Chasers, Thunder and Lightning with their amazing twisting twin flumes, and then test your strength and endurance in the Tsunami wave pool. After all that, float down Riptide River, a lazy river with a Rapid ending! For younger children...Coral Cove is our safe and sheltered section for parents with tiny tots.

Climb out of the water, have a quick change and a enjoy a bite to eat at the Beach or Waterfall café then wrap up and get skating at our ice rink. We’ve got Penguins for hire for little ones on the ice and skates to hire for adults and children. Release your inner Torvill and Dean by gliding gracefully across the ice or just focus on staying upright!


Want to find out about more Reward opportunities in North Lanarkshire then check out Young Scot Rewards.

You can collect Reward points for participating in positive activities in North Lanarkshire from volunteering, attending classes like Active NL Teenfit, completing surveys and much more…. All you need is your Young Scot Card. 

There are also opportunities for you to claim Reward experiences like a Family passes to the Time Capsule.  

For more information visit Young Scot Rewards or check out NL Youth Work on Facebook or Twitter.

Top 10 Incredible Time Capsules

28-04-2009 · The capsule will be opened on July 4, 2025. Interesting Fact: To keep up with larger time capsules Davisson built a second time capsule, in 1983 directly over the first one so there would be no question as to whose time capsule was the largest in the world.


I have always loved the concept of time capsules and even made one when I was a kid out of a shoebox and buried it in my backyard. My interest was stirred again when I recently read about a small time capsule that was opened not far from where I live. So I thought it might be interesting to research some of the larger and more famous ones for a list. The term “time capsule” wasn’t around until 1937 and its original purpose was to communicate with people in the future at a particular time or date. Over the years the term is now used to describe “unintentional discoveries” such as objects from archaeological digs or items found in the cornerstones of buildings with no exact dates when they should be opened. (I guess this would also apply to my buried shoebox). This list includes only “intentional discoveries” meaning time capsules with definite dates or a time period when they should be opened.


This is a very small time capsule compared to the others but I wanted to include it because it inspired the list. The 50 year old newspaper clipping above describes a silver-plated lead capsule containing 35-mm films. The capsule was placed in the Magnolia Boulevard Bridge in Burbank California when it was built in 1959 and was to be opened 50 years later. City officials didn’t know the capsule was due to be opened until a local historian came across the 1959 newspaper article a few weeks earlier. Workers removed the bridge dedication plaque and noticed a dark patch of concrete and then freed the capsule. The capsule contained 47 photos of the city as well as some predictions of what life would be like in Burbank in 2009.

Interesting Fact: One of the predictions was that people would be making “short-haul” flights in “vertical take-off” crafts. You can see the 50 year old pictures and read the rest of the predictions here.


The Yahoo! Time Capsule is a time capsule project where users contribute to a digital legacy of how life was in 2006. At the time of the closing of the capsule on November 8, 2006 the capsules total number of submissions was 170,857. The highest number of contributions, (32,910) came from the 20-29 age group. The digital collection of submissions was entrusted to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings based in Washington D.C. where it will remain until Yahoo!’s 25th Birthday in 2020. The Time Capsule hopes to capture the thoughts and feelings of the world in 2006 as an exercise in electronic or digital anthropology.

Interesting Fact: It is thought that the capsule represents one of the largest compilations of digital media of its kind in the world. You can learn more about the Yahoo Time Capsule here.


In 1963 a time capsule was made commemorating the fifth anniversary of the General Dynamics Astronautics facility in San Diego, California. It was to be opened 100 years later in 2063. Among the items in the capsule was a booklet called 2063 A.D. The booklet contains predictions by scientists, politicians, astronauts and military commanders about the state of space exploration in the year 2063. It is believed that only 200 copies were printed. Unfortunately in the late 1990s the building was torn down and the time capsule was destroyed. Fortunately a few remaining copies of 2063 A.D. sill existed and were able to be reproduced.

Interesting Fact: Here are a few of the interesting predictions: John Glenn, astronaut: “We will have discovered natural resources we did not know existed in the year 1963 and (discovered) an anti-gravity system.”

William Pickering, astronomer: “There will be travel at relativistic (light-speed) velocities to the nearby stars.”

Fred Whipple, astronomer: “The control of fusion in 1977 and the use of ordinary hydrogen in 1995 led soon to a comparatively infinite supply at relatively low cost.”

You can read the entire booklet here.


On Christmas Eve 1907 a group of men gathered beneath the Paris Opera and carefully wrapped two lead and iron containers containing 24 recorded discs. Each were sealed and locked in a small storage room with a note that read “This will teach men 100 years from now about the state of our talking machines and the voices of the principal singers of our times” In 1912 two more urns were added to the archive plus a hand-cranked gramophone and instructions on how to use it. The project was the idea of Alfred Clark who was the founder and president of EMI’s ancestor, the International Gramophone Company. In 1989, during the installation of air-conditioning it was discovered that the archive had been broken open and one of the 1912 urns was empty and the gramophone was missing. The remainder of the archive was immediately transferred to the National Library of France in Parris. At the end of 2007 the archive was opened. Apart from those missing, the discs were undamaged. It was decided that the records should remain un-played to avoid physical contact with the discs. Since precise details of which discs were in the archive were documented, copies of the same discs available from other archives were used to be digitized.

I just wanted to add that the fact that they didn’t play the actual records and used existing copies, in my opinion kind of takes the romance out of the whole thing.

Interesting Fact: Some were not impressed with the old masters. François Le Roux, a Paris Opera baritone and teacher, said that the old techniques grated on modern professional ears. He also said most of them would not get past the quarter-finals in a contest nowadays. [JFrater: In contrast to Le Roux’s opinion, when I was studying opera I was very interested in the great voices of the past and frequently listened to the singers. Their technique was very different to now and often not as polished, but they were masters of emotional performance which is the most important aspect of performance singing in my opinion. Considering that some of these great recordings are of people who performed in the premieres of works by Puccini etc, we have much to gain by studying them.] The recordings of the Paris Opera Vaults were release earlier this year. You can judge for yourself and listen to several of the recordings here.


This time capsule buried in Seward, Nebraska claims to be the largest in the world and is the work of Harold Keith Davisson who was a local celebrity, store owner, and town character. Davisson was not that concerned with the far-distant future but was mostly thinking about his grandkids and to show them what his life was like in 1975. He also wanted his time capsule to be the biggest one in the world. The 45-ton vault was buried and sealed in 1975 on the front lawn of his home furnishings and appliances store. According to his daughter the time capsule has an eclectic assortment of 5,000 items, including a pair of bikini panties, a man’s leisure suit and a brand-new Chevy Vega, (the cheapest car he could find). The capsule will be opened on July 4, 2025.

Interesting Fact: To keep up with larger time capsules Davisson built a second time capsule, in 1983 directly over the first one so there would be no question as to whose time capsule was the largest in the world. In the second time capsule Davisson entombed another car, a beat-up 1975 Datsun or Toyota (no one can remember which) to show what society does to a car in ten years. Davisson died in 1999 at the age of 91.


In 1968 four time capsules were sealed in Amarillo Texas commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of helium. Amarillo has been the center of activities related to helium since the government purchased the helium-rich Cliffside Gas Field in 1927. The time columns were filled with books, documents, and various artifacts that will tell future generations about life in 1968. The caps are welded on and the contents sealed in a helium atmosphere. Each time column will be opened after durations of 25, 50, 100, and 1000 years. The first time column was opened in 1993 and signifies man’s dependence on natural resources. The 50-year capsule symbolizes industry and its use of natural resources. The 100-year capsule represents science and its development of natural resources. The 1,000-year capsule represents history and human efforts toward conservation.

Interesting Fact: One of the items in the 1000 year column is a passbook for a savings account from an Oklahoma City bank, which draws 4 percent interest compounded annually until 2968. When the 1,000-year Column is opened the account will be worth over


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In 1968 two Japanese companies, Panasonic Corporation and The Mainichi Newspapers, agreed to undertake a joint time capsule project in celebration of the Japan World Exposition 1970. Two time capsules identical in every detail were buried adjacent to Osaka Castle. The lower capsule will remain buried for 5,000 years. The upper capsule (A control capsule) was opened in 2000 to examine the condition of its contents. After undergoing laboratory testing it was reburied and will be opened every 100 years thereafter so that the latest preservation techniques can be used to ensure their safekeeping. The 2,090 items in the capsule were chosen by a team of scientists, engineers, and historians that reflected everyday life in 1970. Other items include a silk condom, false teeth, a glass eye, insects encased in resin, an origami instruction book, handcuffs and counterfeit money.

Interesting Fact: A contest was held among Japanese schoolchildren to write a letter addressed To the People living 5,000 from now. The winner was a fourth grader from Tokyo who wrote: “How are you, people of 5,000 years from now? I wish I could live again in your age but I am quite happy now. I have kind parents and also a sister with whom I quarrel with once in a while. We must do our best until the next age takes over. Goodbye from 5,000 years in the past.”


The Westinghouse Time Capsules are two time capsules prepared by the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. The first was created to promote the 1939 New York World’s Fair and the second for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Both are buried at the site of the fairs 50 feet below in Flushing Meadows Park. The Capsules are constructed from an alloy made of tempered copper, chromium and silver called Cupaloy. The two capsules are to be opened at the same time in 6939 AD, five thousand years after the first capsule was sealed. The 1939 contents were divided into five basic areas: small articles of common use, textiles and materials, miscellaneous items, essay on microfilm and newsreels. The 1965 capsule five areas include articles of common use, atomic energy, scientific developments, space and other.

Interesting Facts: The 1939 Capsule also contains a message from Albert Einstein which reads: Our time is rich in inventive minds, the inventions of which could facilitate our lives considerably. We are crossing the seas by power and utilize power also in order to relieve humanity from all tiring muscular work. We have learned to fly and we are able to send messages and news without any difficulty over the entire world through electric waves. However, the production and distribution of commodities is entirely unorganized so that everybody must live in fear of being eliminated from the economic cycle, in this way suffering for the want of everything. Further more, people living in different countries kill each other at irregular time intervals, so that also for this reason any one who thinks about the future must live in fear and terror. This is due to the fact that the intelligence and character of the masses are incomparably lower than the intelligence and character of the few who produce some thing valuable for the community. I trust that posterity will read these statements with a feeling of proud and justified superiority. You can see a complete list of all the contents of the 1939 and 1964 capsules here.


KEO is the name of a proposed space time capsule that will be launched in 2010 or 2011. There have been previous spacecrafts carrying time capsules of earth’s existence sent into space but what makes the KEO Satellite different is it will be designed to return back to earth 50,000 years later. The KEO project was conceived in 1994 by French artist-scientist Jean-Marc Philippe. If this ambitious project is realized the KEO will carry a drop of human blood chosen at random encased in a diamond, samples of air, sea water and earth and the DNA of the human genome. The satellite will also carry an astronomical clock, photographs of people of all cultures and an encyclopedia of current human knowledge.

Interesting Fact: The Satellites name is supposed to represent the three most frequently used sounds common to the most widely spoken languages today, K, E and O. Also, every person is invited to write a message addressed to the future inhabitants. The deadline is December 31, 2009. Messages can be posted here.

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This is at the number one spot because the Crypt of Civilization is considered by many as the first modern time capsule even though it wasn’t called a time capsule at the time. It helped inspire both the name as well as the Westinghouse Time Capsules. In 1940 in the basement of Phoebe Hearst Hall at Oglethorpe University in Georgia, a stainless steel vault door was welded shut. Behind the door is a 20′ x 10′ waterproofed room containing a collection of once-modern day artifacts placed there by men and women from the years 1937 to 1940.The whole concept was thought up in 1936 by the former president of the University Dr. Thornwell Jacobs. While teaching and researching ancient history Jacobs was struck by the lack of information on ancient civilizations. He thought for those who might study our civilization in the future they would have to have accurate and full records. Because the first known date in recorded history, 4241 B.C. (6177 years previous) Jacobs suggested that the Crypt be sealed until 6177 plus the years that have passed – thus setting the year for the Crypt’s reopening at 8113.

Interesting Fact: The sensitive items in the crypt were sealed with stainless steel receptacles with glass linings. Before they were sealed, all of the air was removed from the containers and replaced with nitrogen to prevent oxidation of the contents. You can see an inventory of items in the Crypt here.


You can’t have a time capsule list and not include this one! In 1957 a large concrete vault was sealed at the Tulsa County Courthouse to be opened in 2007 to celebrate Oklahoma’s Centennial as a state. The organizers of the event thought it would be a really cool idea to burry a brand new Plymouth Belvedere because it “exemplified an advanced product of American industrial ingenuity with the kind of lasting appeal that will still be in style 50 years from now”. Items buried with the car included jugs of leaded gasoline, a change of oil and a case of Schlitz beer. The automobile was to be awarded to the person who guessed nearest to the city’s 2007 population. If he or she was not living, the award would go to the heirs, along with the proceeds from a 0 trust fund. The guesses were put on microfilm and sealed in a steel capsule. Unfortunately when it was opened it was obvious that during the 50 years the vault had sprung a leak. The car was found in four feet of water almost completely rusted with rotting upholstery and most of its contents ruined. You can see a picture of the car here.

Interesting Fact: The person that was closest to the 2007 population and the winner of the 1957 Plymouth Belvedere was Raymond E. Humbertson. He guessed 384,743 and was off by 2,286 people, as the population of Tulsa in 2007 was 382,457. Unfortunately Humbertson died in 1979 and his wife also passed away in 1988. His closest living relatives are his two elderly sisters who will take ownership of the prize. You can watch a great clip of the car and vault being prepared 50 years ago here.

I also wanted to mention there were plans to restore the car (Mss. Belvedere). A web site was even set up to keep everyone posted on her progress but there have been no updates for some time. Attempts to contact the company doing the restoration have also been unsuccessful. Maybe a Listverser from Tulsa or anywhere else can help us out with an update.

fact checked by brunobanana