Time capsule seals off 150th anniversary year – Arts London News

Published on January 9, 2014 | by Emma Saunders


Time capsule seals off 150th anniversary year

A time capsule has been sealed up and placed in a central London tube station to round off a year of celebrations of the London Undergrounds 150th anniversary.

Tottenham Court Road tube station is now home to the container, marking the end of commemorations to a century and a half of the London Underground.

The capsule’s made from a salvaged District line signalling box and contains a range of items that will give Londoners in 2063 an idea of life on the Tube today.

A panel of young Londoners from the London Transport Museum’s Youth programme helped choose the kind of items that would be placed inside.

The content includes:

  • A letter from Mike Brown MVO, London Underground’s Managing Director, to his future successor
  • A specially made short film showing a ‘day in the life’ on the Tube in 2013
  • Copies of the Evening Standard and Metro newspapers
  • A special edition 150th anniversary Oyster Card
  • A Baby on Board badge similar to the one presented to the Duchess of Cambridge at a Tube anniversary event
  • A book charting the first 150 years of London Underground’s history
  • Present day signalling equipment

Kulvinder Lal was one of the TFL youth panel members present when the container was sealed. She told LCC news, “to say that we were here in 50 years time is going to be a big thing. I cant wait for if we’re still around and its opened; it’ll be great to remind ourselves what’s inside.”

Tottenham Court Road station is currently undergoing a refurbishment that will see its ticket hall made six times larger than its current size. The redevelopment is due to finish in 2016. London Transport Museums Young People Officer Rachel Cruddock is confident the tube will still be widely used when the capsule is opened again in 2063. She told LCC,  “it can only get bigger and better and connect more people together.”

Londoner’s will be able to see the time capsule at the end of the new tunnel in the Central line part of the tube when the redevelopment is finished in 2016.  It is marked with a ceremonial plaque.




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