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The council places a Time Capsule to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland in Lisburn Museum!

The council places a Time Capsule to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland in Lisburn Museum!

June 21, 2022

At the beginning of this year, ISLAND Arts Centre worked with four local schools to create bespoke artwork for a Time Capsule. It has now been buried in the basement of the Lisburn Museum for future children from the city to uncover and open in 2121.

Forthill Integrated College, Wallace Preparatory, Old Warren Primary School and Lisburn Central Primary School took part in the workshop programme.

Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Stephen Martin has described the project as “a unique and special opportunity for our young people to not only learn about the last 100 years of Northern Ireland but to inspire the future young people of Lisburn & Castlereagh. It’s important legacies are created and I’m so proud to have been involved in this project.”

Chair of Leisure and Community Development, Cllr Sharon Skillen added: “This is just another fantastic project that we have seen rolled out in the past year and such a significant one too. The artwork created for the Time Capsule reflects on some beautiful and special features of Lisburn & Castlereagh through the decades. I’m sure the material highlighting life during this period of history will be enjoyed, all the way in 2121!”

Finally, Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Centenary Working Group, Cllr Scott Carson said: “I am delighted that celebrations of NI100 were extended to the local schools in this way. Not only have the young people enjoyed the project so much, they’ve genuinely learnt important things about our local culture and history. It’s brilliant that these lessons won’t be forgotten in a hurry – they’ll be kept safe for 100 years and no doubt be as interesting in the future as they are now.”

Mayor Martin, Cllr Skillen and Cllr Carson were joined at the installation of the Time Capsule in the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum by pupils from Wallace Preparatory who brought much fun to the event and certainly will remember it for years to come.

This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by local artists from Anann’s Arch.