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Timecapsule - 10 things to put in.

Updated on June 24, 2010
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Family Photo

If you were to bury a time capsule what would you put in it?

This thought was bought on while researching old Celtic, Egyptian and Viking burials where the hero of the hour was sent to the next life with the things dear to him and objects that would be needed. They would traditionally include things like food, weapons, a loved animal and his slaves.

I remember a lecture when I was at ArtCollege where the tutor convinced us of how a 1960’s Café bar of the period could quite easily be confused with a temple to some sun god if it was discovered intact 500 years down the line. Large pictures of sun kissed Mediterranean beaches, overly large drinking goblets, and grand marble sacrificial counter for worship. How would our life’s necessities be viewed.

Crumb Comix
Crumb Comix

These are the ten things I will need in the afterlife:

- CD – Led Zeppelin III, in 1981 I was hitching around mid Wales and just outside Mychynleth, I found Bron yr Aur, the cottage where the album was recorded.

- Book – The Robert Crumb Diary, 60‘s underground cartoonist. Filthy, totally unpolitically correct but funny as anything.

- Food - Tin of Heinz Baked Beans, good for any meal. Full English breakfast, on toast for lunch or in a chilli at teatime, good all rounder.

Heinz Baked Beans
Heinz Baked Beans

- Clothes - I Chang Beer T-shirt from Honk Kong, looks vintage even now.

- Photo of the family.

- Drink – Bottle of Mount Gay Rum, too cool for school.

- Hat – Straw Panama, keep you shaded in the summer and warm in the winter.

- Cup - Big Welsh Dragon Mug, it holds a lot of tea and reminds me of home still.

- DVD – Hedd Wyn, 1992, excellent Oscar nominated, Welsh language film, about the life of the war poet Ellis Evans.

- A rugby ball, everyone loves a kick around.

- Comb and shaving razor, you should always make a bit of an effort.


It was a tricky call but I feel confidant that with these possession I could be happy. The films and CD were difficult choices, Rolling Stones, Floyd or The Police could have easily been in there. Music and Lyrics, Withnail and I or Starwars, these movies I enjoy watching again and again.  Perhaps my childhood collection of Afrika Corps soldiers would have been of use, like the Xi’an Terracotta Army. Maybe a Mini Cooper for transport would be useful, Tutankhamun had a chariot with him.


What would you have in your time capsule?

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      cameron 5 years ago

      im making a time capsule in my back garden

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      holly 5 years ago

      that's cool i wish i could chose 10 thing i just cant i have to many personal things but all the things you have are cool

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      candycane 5 years ago

      im mking a time capsule thx 4 all the tips

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      Chelsea 6 years ago

      I put a picture of me a baby and some old quarters.

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      knell63 6 years ago from Umbria, Italy

      Thank You Chelsea, What would you put in your capsule?

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      Chelsea 6 years ago

      I think this is cool.

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      knell63 7 years ago from Umbria, Italy

      Obviously these are things I would put in myself but if I were a school I would think about things like the school badge, a timetable, lunch menu, a school photo of pupils and the buildings, a map of the school and maybe a class diary where people put their thoughts down about how they felt about the school.

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      anon 7 years ago

      tell us some things to put in if the time capsule were for a school???!!!???

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      knell63 8 years ago from Umbria, Italy

      Thanks Lolobeth and Pee, yes I can speak Welsh, its mainly spoken in the north and west of the country, with pockets in Cardiff, where the media, actors, lovies live and drink. Don't worry most Welsh ex-pats had a history and the ones who stayed just didn't get caught.

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      you've given me inspiration!!!

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      pgrundy 8 years ago

      Can you speak and/or understand the Welsh language? I thought I was of Irish descent for most of my life, and then when I was in my 40s my sister-in-law got very involved in genealogy and discovered our family moved from Wales to Ireland in the 1800s and then to the US at the turn of the 20th century. My paternal grandmother (who was of Irish descent) used to irritate my grandfather that by telling him he was descended from a horse thief who fled Wales for Ireland, and in fact there is a Grundy in the family tree who was hanged for that in the late 19th century.

      So that was a rude weird awakening. Not that it changes anything. I can't speak Gaelic or Welsh and I have no clue about my ancestors, but I totally believe they were disreputable. That explains so much! lol!

      I'd take some good socks with me and a pair of Ranger rubber boots. (In the time capsule.) That'll get you through a lot. And an iron frying pan. :)