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Three time capsules have been buried in the heart of Chester’s Northgate development.

Students from Chester Blue Coat CE Primary School, Queen’s Park High School and The Queen’s School have each buried a time capsule in the new Exchange Square, with the capsules containing a selection of artefacts chosen by the pupils.

The idea is to provide future generations with an insight into life in Chester in 2022.

The capsules include information on each school, timetables and their uniforms; their favourite things – such as hobbies, sweets, fashion, sports, music and TV; coins and Jubilee commemorative items; technology – such as mobile phones and contact lenses; alongside a Covid-19 face mask plus information about the pandemic and how it impacted pupils’ lives.

Students from the three schools visited the site, some virtually, in 2021 and learnt about the scope and scale of the Northgate development.

They also learnt about the Roman history of the site as well as finding out about archaeology and construction techniques and careers.

The time capsules will be marked with a commemorative stone plaque.

 

 

Cllr Richard Beacham from Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “When the time comes to rebuild a future Northgate, I hope these time capsules will provide a wonderful snapshot of life in Chester for future archaeologists to discover and study, and be as fascinated as we have been by the archaeology we have found whilst constructing Northgate.

“This programme for local young people is part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to squeezing more value from the money we spend on projects like Northgate.

“Over the duration of the build this has included a creating new jobs, offering apprenticeships, and building partnerships with local education providers to inspire the next generation of construction workers, designers, architects, archaeologists and engineers.”

The council says a great deal of care and thought has gone into protecting the archaeology on the Northgate site, which was once one of the largest Roman fortresses in Britain.

Despite finding over 10,000 Roman artefacts, the works have disturbed less than three percent of the archaeology and the foundations have been carefully designed to let the building ‘float’ above the ground.

For more information on Chester Northgate see: www.chesternorthgate.com

 

 

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