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Coronavirus: Children create time capsule

Coronavirus: Children create time capsule

Published by May Norman at 8:51am 27th April 2020.

Time capsule tin buried in Bradford

  • Children of key workers at a Bradford school have created a time capsule about coronavirus.
  • It's been buried in the foundation of a new nursery being built on the site of Low Ash Primary.
  • Items buried include children’s news publications, a school badge and handwritten letters from youngsters explaining what their life was like before coronavirus and what it is like now.

A time capsule has been buried at a Bradford school to tell future generations about life before and during the coronavirus lockdown.

The children of key workers who are attending Low Ash Primary School in Wrose gathered items and wrote notes to pack into a tin that has been buried in the foundations of a new nursery being built on the site.

Low Ash time capsule contents
Low Ash time capsule contents

Among the items sealed away to be unearthed years from now were copies of the school magazine and children’s news publications First News and The Week Junior, a toy car, a school badge, school certificates and handwritten letters from youngsters explaining what their life was like before coronavirus and what it is like now.

Matthew Towse, site manager for Enviro Building Solutions, who are constructing the new nursery, buried the capsule on behalf of the children.

digging at Low Ash Primary

Building work on the new nursery began before the pandemic lockdown and is one of only three Bradford Council construction projects continuing during these unprecedented times.

Headteacher of Low Ash Primary, Fiona Meer, said:

“The children and staff who were in school put together the elements of what life is like at Low Ash, both now and normally, and the capsule containing all this is now buried within the groundwork. A moment in history for all concerned.”

Matthew Towse, of Enviro Building Solutions, said:

“Incorporating  a time capsule into the foundations of a modular building is definitely a new request for us, it was a privilege to be able to assist the school.”

Although the government shut schools for most children on March 20 to slow the spread of the virus, Low Ash Primary School, like most, has remained open to look after the children of key workers.

This means parents with jobs that are critical to fight against Covid-19, such as health care workers, delivery drivers and shop staff, are helped with childcare.

Councillor Imran Khan, Bradford Council's portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said:

“This is a lovely project for the children currently attending Low Ash Primary School to have got involved with.

“What a fascinating snapshot of history this will provide to those who open the capsule many years from now.

“We are living in exceptional times and the efforts of staff in schools across Bradford District to keep our young people safe, supported and educated makes me incredibly proud and grateful.”

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, ward councillor for Windhill and Wrose, added:

“Low Ash is a good school at the heart of the community.  This is a great project and the time capsule will carry their strong values and ethos into the future.”