Children’s future predictions wanted for Hackney Town Hall time capsule


This half term children across Hackney are being asked to send letters and drawings to future residents of the borough via a time capsule.

The vessel will be buried at a ceremony to mark the completion of renovation works on Hackney Town Hall in January.

Earlier this year builders working on the Town Hall uncovered a time capsule buried back in the 1930s, it contained council meeting minutes and architecture maps of the building.

The new time capsule will be buried alongside the old one and will give future residents an insight into what Hackney was like in 2016.

Young people can get involved by popping into Hackney Museum over half term, where templates and materials will be available for children of all ages to think about the future of the borough, while also learning about Hackney’s past.

Other items that will be buried alongside the children’s drawings will be a copy of the newspaper Hackney Today, a packet of Hackney wildflower seeds, ‘I love Hackney’ badges and other markers of the time.


Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services
The time capsule is a great way to celebrate the borough of today and send a little piece of history to the future. It's also an opportunity for us to talk to the borough's children about the kind of Hackney they want us to build. In years to come, future generations will be able to see what Hackney was like in 2016, and whether any of today’s predictions came true!
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services


For details on Hackney Museum including opening hours and location please visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/museum.

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