Time capsule takes pupils back to 1891

MOVED: The foundation stone

MOVED: The foundation stone

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Staff at a city school know no boundaries when it comes to bringing history to life.

Living history is definitely top of the timetable at Eldon Primary, Preston, where an historic find has brought a new dimension to classes.

Eldon Primary School is currently having an extension built and the builders have found a sealed jar that was deliberately placed behind the 1886 date stone'Builder Dave Webster with Aaren and Holly with the jar

Eldon Primary School is currently having an extension built and the builders have found a sealed jar that was deliberately placed behind the 1886 date stone'Builder Dave Webster with Aaren and Holly with the jar

Builders creating a longed-for extension at the Plungington school had to remove the original foundation stone, dating back to 1891, in order to pave the way for the new building – and discovered a time capsule.

Deputy headteacher James Moss said the whole school was buzzing with the find.

He added: “The jar is sealed with steel clamps and we have not yet opened it.

“It looks like an urn of some sort and we suspect it is a time capsule that has been left for us to find.

Next year is our 125th anniversary as a school as well, so there is also the suggestion of us replacing it with a modern day capsule which could be discovered in the future.

Mr Moss

“It is stone, and resembles a modern-day cookie jar, but it has a screw cap, which we have been unable to budge and it is fastened down with the steel clamps, which haven’t rusted. The whole school is so excited about the find but we have decided not to open it just yet.

“They are already guessing.

“It has created such a wonderful opportunity to develop interaction, history and literacy among the children that we are going to run a competition to get them thinking about what might be inside it.

“We are going to have to see if the builders can open it for us as we don’t want to damage it. Then we will have a big reveal in assembly.”

Mr Moss added: “Next year is our 125th anniversary as a school as well, so there is also the suggestion of us replacing it with a modern day capsule which could be discovered in the future.”

The school is one of the oldest primaries in the city and is surrounded by terrace houses, leaving little room for further development.

However, the new extension will provide room for a new library, extra storage, and what is believed to be the first purpose-built radio studio in a Preston primary school.