Time Capsule Buried In Southampton

Southampton in 2011 will be remembered forever, after a time capsule was buried underneath Sea City's pavilion today (Wednesday, 2nd February).

It was put into the foundation of the ground floor of the museum's pavilion by Councillor John Hannides, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Heritage, as the concrete was being poured in.

Sea City, which has been supported by a grant of £4.9million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is planned to open to the public in 2012 as a major tourist attraction.

The time capsule contains a USB stick with images of Southampton, as well as events guides and a ticket symbolising Saturday's FA Cup match against Manchester United.

Councillor John Hannides said: "I'm genuinely excited the build of Sea City is moving ahead and the pavilion is starting to take shape.

Items symbolising Southampton today will go down in history forever in the time capsule and will be a good commemoration for hundreds of years to come.

This museum will not only give residents great pride and attract thousands of visitors, it has also helped gained millions of pounds in investment for the Cultural Quarter.

The council's investment demonstrates our ongoing plans to develop Southampton as the capital of the south."

Building contractor Kier Southern took over the museum site in in October last year.

Shane Mason, Director of Kier Southern (part of Kier Group) said:

"It is often considered good luck to bury something of significance in the foundations of a building and burying a time capsule in the grounds of the Sea City seems a fitting tribute to the project.

The location of the capsule will be marked out on drawings and maps meaning that its contents will also be available for future generations of the city to discover."

Sea City is set to complete in April 2012 - 100 years since the Titanic left Southampton.

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