Covid time capsule: Students asked for submissions

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Memories: The Time Capsule project is seeking to preserve the memories of how the pandemic has affected children's lives (image: Adobe Stock)

Students are being asked to capture and preserve their memories of life during the pandemic as part of a Time Capsule project.

The capsule is to be sealed and preserved for the next 25 years and UK students are being invited to use art, photography, writing or other media to explain how the pandemic has affected their everyday lives.

Linking to this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week, the project also encourages children to share their reflections on how the pandemic affected their learning, friendships and everyday lives.

Their reflections on this important moment in history will be shared with future generations when the capsule is opened in 2047.

The project is being led by children’s charity Place2Be, BAFTA Kids, and the government-funded Oak National Academy.

Schools are invited to submit a selection of their pupils’ work by September 10 for inclusion in the time capsule.

The capsule is to be placed inside a wall at BAFTA’s prestigious headquarters on London’s Piccadilly next year. A special plaque will mark the spot.

The project is part of Oak National Academy’s programme of summer learning support for schools, which is also available from this week.

Schools can download a free resource pack which includes activity ideas and tips to support students who want to get involved with the time capsule project.

Tim Hunter, executive director of inclusion policy and membership at BAFTA, said: “This time capsule will be opened in 25 years’ time, to mark BAFTA’s 100-year anniversary and to celebrate how kids have made it through difficult times over the past year. It highlights how art, media and other creative expression has underpinned the struggles of the last year for young talent.”

Catherine Roche, chief executive of Place2Be, added: “We’re looking forward to seeing the creative ways that children and young people choose to share their experiences for the time capsule – whether it’s the difficult times and the things they’ve missed, or the special moments and what they’ve learned.”


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