PICTURES: 62-year-old Southwick time capsule discovered during Square's restoration works

The time capsule contained newspaper cuttings and a yearbook from 1961

A 62-year-old time capsule has been discovered in Southwick Square as restoration of the area continues. 

The capsule, made of lead, was buried at the opening of the square in April 1961 and was uncovered when workers removed a commemorative stone in the pond.

Newspaper clippings and a 1960/1961 yearbook from Southwick Urban District Council was among items discovered when the capsule was opened, all of which are now set to be displayed in the Southwick Society's museum. 

Mary Candy, chairperson of the Southwick Society, described the capsule as an 'exciting' discovery. 

"Southwick Urban District Council was a very forward-thinking council with ambitious plans for Southwick in the 60s.

“It is great that they had the foresight to bury these items for future generations to find.

"Of course they had no idea how long the capsule would remain hidden and whilst there will be some people who remember the opening of the square, the majority will not."

She added that alongside the capsule, they plan to show a cinefilm of the opening of the square, something she feels will "tie in very nicely".

Current plans are to rebury the capsule when works are completed in mid-August, though Candy adds they'll be "happy to give [the capsule] a permanent home in our archive."

There's now calls for locals to have their say on what could be put in the capsule when its put back over summer. 

Councillor Steve Neocleous said: "When the regeneration work is complete, I think it is a great idea to ask the community to give us their ideas of what items from 2023 they would like to see buried in it, so that in another 60 or 70 years people can see the huge changes that have taken place in their neighbourhood.”

 

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