Merseyrail has announced that school children have buried a time capsule in the foundations of the new station at Maghull North. This will be re-opened in 2068.
The container has been filled with school memorabilia, Liverpool FC and Everton FC match programmes, an unused mobile phone and popular books and films.
It was presented to station staff on Wednesday 11th July 2018.
A plaque will also be placed in the ground above the time capsule, which will read ‘St Thomas CE Primary School Time Capsule, Sealed at Maghull North station on 11th July 2018. To be opened 11th July 2068’.
What did the officials say?
Speaking about the time capsule, headteacher, Mr Ward, said:
“The new station is such exciting news for Maghull and our pupils were thrilled to help mark this occasion by creating a piece of local history which will give future generations a snapshot of what life was like in 2018.
“They are really excited to have their work, poems and stories captured in time and be part of this lasting legacy.”
Jane English, HR Director, at Merseyrail, said:
“We are incredibly passionate about getting local schools involved in all our projects because we want to give back to all the communities in which we operate as they are an integral part of everything we do.
“The new station is hugely important for Maghull because it will improve travel options and drive ongoing development in the town, which is why we wanted to involve the children as they will be enjoying it for many years to come.”
“We are delighted that they got on board to support us and the time capsule is a fitting celebration to mark the end of such a major milestone for the town.”
Cllr Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Portfolio Holder, said:
“This new station is a great asset for the local community and we’re delighted to see the schoolchildren getting involved with this project.
“It will be fascinating to look back in 50 years at what has been left behind in the capsule and hopefully many of our other future aspirations for the local rail network will have been realised at that stage too.”
Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said:
“The time capsule project has provided an invaluable link between education and the new railway station.
“It will be a real eye opener when the capsule is opened in 50 years’ time to see how the station, the school and the local area has progressed.
“Special thanks goes to Sefton Council’s Communications Team who helped put together the film about the school which will form an interesting piece of history in the future.”