Time capsule buried 

14/11/11
Time capsule
The Mayor of Bolton, representatives from NHS Bolton and the University, and school children at the time capsule burial

A time capsule has been buried at the landmark Bolton One building.

The £30.6m health, leisure, and research centre, on Deane Road, is due to open early next year.

And to mark the development a time capsule has been buried there to depict Bolton’s past and present, and what it could be like in the future.

The facility is a partnership between Bolton Council, NHS Bolton, and the University of Bolton.

Historical information, including details about Bolton Wanderers’ former training ground being on the site, has been included.

A stone ginger beer bottle, which is believed to be from the 1890s and was found on site when building work began, has also been placed inside.

To depict Bolton in 2011, copies of the council newspaper Bolton Scene; The Bolton News; a photo of this season’s Bolton Wanderers’ team, and Bolton’s city bid document have been included.

As 2012, the year Bolton One will open, is the year of the Olympics, replicas of the mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, who were “born” in Bolton, and DVDs of their story are in the capsule.

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “The time capsule will give future generations a view of what life was like when Bolton One was built, what was on the site before and how young people envisaged the future could be. The building is nearing completion and I am looking forward to it opening and being a centre for all the community.”

NHS Bolton put in information about the borough’s health in 2011, based on results from the recent health and wellbeing survey, as well as key publications and campaigns.

Vice Chair of NHS Bolton, Steven Greenhalgh, said: “It’s great to see a little bit of history in the making. The time capsule will give people in the future a snapshot of health in 2011. Who knows what medical advances will have been made by the time it is opened. You just have to look at the huge achievements of the last 50 years to see how far medicine can develop over time.”

The University included information on its history, its work today and the extent of its reach across the world - students from the United Arab Emirates to China study for University of Bolton degrees. The University is also a world leader in advanced materials research and development, and has included samples of its most famous materials research, including a sample of auxetic fibre, invented by Professor Kim Alderson.

Professor Kim Alderson said: “Auxetic is the term given to material that expands, rather than contracts, when stretched. Auxetics have wide-ranging potential for aerospace, automotive, marine and space technologies.”

To represent the future visions of what the town will look like in 50 years time, submitted by young people, have also been buried in the capsule.

More than 130 entries were received for a competition and winning designs have been included from: Julia Marzec and Michael Cunningham, both aged 10, from St Peter and Paul’s RC School; 13-year-old Lauren Fields from Sharples School; and Luca Jarvis aged 7, from St Mary’s School.

The capsule will be unearthed in 50 years time, in 2061.

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