Olympic mementos hidden in time capsule
Local schoolchildren have helped preserve Olympic excitement and the history of Touchstone Court in time with a special time capsule buried at the former offices site in Coventry.
Around 30 schoolchildren from Whitley Abbey Primary School in Coventry, who had worked hard over the last month to prepare treasures to store in the time capsule, were on hand to bury the capsule on site.
Artefacts included Olympic souvenirs, special letters written to the school children of the future, press reports and photos, a Midland Heart history book, a diary of the school year and pictures of the site, along with local and national newspapers - all of which took their proud place in history.
The scheme is being developed by leading housing and care organisation Midland Heart, in partnership with; Coventry County Council, the Homes and Communities Agency, with £3.3million funded through the Recycled Capital Grand Fund, and Westleigh Developments.
Over 40 people gathered to see the time capsule buried; including members of the local community and project partners, to witness one of the final finishing touches to the affordable housing scheme.
Julie Harrison, deputy head teacher at Whitley Abbey Primary, said “This was a fantastic opportunity for us to find out about time capsules and what information a child of the future would need to know about us”.
Carl Larter, director new business and development at Midland Heart, added: “It was wonderful to see the children at the time capsule celebration event; they had put so much effort into thinking about what to put into the capsule. It really is a great occasion and the perfect way to freeze a moment in time and I’m sure that in the future is will offer a unique window into the past”.
The £5million development to transform the former Touchstone offices site is due for completion later this year and will provide 45 new homes offering a mix of 3 and 4 bedroom houses and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments for rent.