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Special ‘COVID-19 Time Capsule’ is being created by Sefton Council chiefs – and residents can send their ‘memories’

Special ‘COVID-19 Time Capsule’ is being created by Sefton Council chiefs – and residents can send their ‘memories’

by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

A SPECIAL ‘COVID-19 Time Capsule’ is being created by Sefton Council chiefs – and residents are being urged to send their ‘memories’ in to potentially be included.

To mark the ‘historic times we are all living through to ensure everyone’s safety’ Sefton Council’s Borough of Culture 2020 team is creating a COVID-19 Time Capsule.

The team wants to capture young people’s views on social isolation and living in lockdown. They want to know how young people feel, what they’ve done to stay connected with their friends and family. The pack also asks how they have celebrated some special occasions and what they are looking forward to doing when the coronavirus is over.

To help record the memories, the Team has created a COVID-19 Time Capsule kit. Young people can use the kit to record artwork they’ve created and photographs including the people they are with and the people they are missing. They can also include special memories, a diary of the time and newspapers or clippings.

Cllr Trish Hardy Sefton Council’s main Borough of Culture sponsor said: “These really are unprecedented times and creating a COVID-19 Time Capsule to mark it is a great idea.

“These kits are an ideal way of helping our young people record their experiences to share with their families and their own children one day and for one lucky winner, a chance to have their experiences included in the Time Capsule itself.”

Also going into the Time Capsule, will be number of objects to mark the Borough of Culture celebrations. These include an origami squirrels with instructions how to make it, examples of diaries that the young people at SING have been working on and memory boxes the older people have been doing. Items from the Playing Out project that families have been making and photographs from the competition that the Birkdale HUB will be running will also be included.

A decision has not yet been reached on where in Sefton Borough the COVID-19 Time Capsule will be placed but once all the items have been chosen, the Borough of Culture 2020 team will be asking for suggestions from local people.

People can download the COVID-19 Time Capsule kit at www.sefton.gov.uk/timecapsule

Copies of kits submitted to the Borough of Culture 2020 team will be judged and the best will win a prize and be included in the Time Capsule itself.

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