A time capsule containing artefacts representing the history of Ipswich and Suffolk has been buried at the new heritage centre, The Hold, on the Ipswich Waterfront.
The Mayor of Ipswich with local school children buried the capsule, which contains items donated by many local heritage groups including artefacts from Ipswich Museum and the Ipswich Maritime Trust. Local school children from Cliff Lane Primary School and Clifford Road Infants donated their favourite book and newspaper clippings of school events. Other capsules were buried on the same day in nine other significant locations throughout Suffolk. They will be opened in 100 years, 2119.
The capsules will celebrate the 900th anniversary of the oldest document in the collection, the Royal Charter of King Henry I, but also looking forward to next chapter in the life of the county.
The Hold will become the new home for the majority of Suffolk’s unique archival collection as well as a state- of-the-art public facility and teaching space for the University of Suffolk. It will be central to promoting a countywide programme of events for Suffolk to engage its residents with local history. It is due to be opened in early 2020 and will be an exciting addition to the University campus on the Waterfront.
The project has been funded by Suffolk County Council and the University of Suffolk with New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership contributing £250,000 through its Growing Places Fund. Other funding partners including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Communities Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation.