Pupils from The Meadows Primary School have buried a time capsule at Linden Homes’ Bitton Mill development in Bitton, near Bristol, with help from the Bitton Parish History Group.
The whole school got involved in selecting objects to be buried, which can be dug up in the future for people to see how Bitton has changed. The items included: coins, a grocery receipt for a weekly shop, the school’s timetable and menu, photographs and a map of the school, a school jumper, information on technology, toys, school work, the school motto and logo.
Also buried was a brochure for the new homes that are currently being built at Bitton Mill, including floor plans and price lists, and a Linden Homes hi-visibility vest.
“We thought it would be interesting to create a time capsule while the new homes are being built,” Emma Mackay from Linden Homes explained. “We spoke to the children in assembly about collating items for a time capsule; the pupils were incredibly enthusiastic and we were thrilled to have the Bitton Parish History Group involved, offering their expertise.”
Headteacher, Joy Mounter said: "It has been a pleasure to work with the team at Linden Homes. The experience of burying a time capsule has been invaluable for the children and the school council relished the opportunity to get hands-on with the digging – it was a very memorable visit.”
Marlene from the Bitton Parish History Group said: “I was pleased to help the children bury their time capsule and was impressed with the items they selected, they’d clearly spent a lot of time carefully choosing what should be included.
“I find Bitton fascinating and it’s so interesting to see how the site has changed – previously housing a former brass and paper mill, and then manufacturing car seats. It was sad to see the site derelict for many years and we’re pleased to be helping the new residents learn more about the village. We were delighted to be involved and it was great to work with some budding new historians!”
Emma added: “The time capsule is buried in open space at Bitton Mill and has been marked with a plaque, so people can visit it. The children will be able to dig it up in 50 years’ time, when they’re in their 50s and 60s, to see how Bitton and life in general has changed. It’s been a wonderful activity for us as well as the children!”
Just two and a half miles from the market town of Keynsham, seven miles from Bristol’s city centre and six miles from Bath, Bitton Mill is situated in the heart of Bitton near the school, local shop, church and two pubs.
The development features a collection of two to five bedroom homes. For more information visit the sales and marketing suite at Bitton Mill, off Mill Lane, Bitton, Bristol, BS30 6HJ, which is open daily between 10am and 5pm. Call 0117 3211 216
For details on The Meadows Primary School visit www.themeadowsprimaryschool.org.uk
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