Chance for kids to choose contents of time capsule

TIME Professor Mark Jones and Mary Kinoulty with the capsule         Picture: Sarah Standing (110457-2435)
TIME Professor Mark Jones and Mary Kinoulty with the capsule Picture: Sarah Standing (110457-2435)
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YOUNGSTERS across Portsmouth have a chance to make history.

Schools and youth organisations are being invited to enter a competition to submit an eight-piece time capsule summing up everyday life in 2011 – and the winner will have the honour of burying it under the new Mary Rose Museum.

Just like the Mary Rose ship, which has been described as a ‘Tudor time capsule’ as more than 19,000 artefacts were saved after she sank fighting the French in 1545, the modern-day collection should give an insight into 2011 when it is opened in 50 years’ time.

Mary Kinoulty, head of learning at the Mary Rose Trust (MRT), said: ‘The artefacts rescued from the Mary Rose give a unique glimpse into the daily lives of people living in the Tudor times.

‘The range of items, both personal and professional, show us what we have in common with people 500 years ago and how we differ. There are everyday items like shoes, rosaries and games.’

She added: ‘It is going to be a challenge to sum up our diverse and modern age in just eight items, but we’re looking forward to seeing what they come up with.’

Next year will not only mark the 500th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Mary Rose, the flagship of King Henry VIII, but also the opening of the new Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Professor Mark Jones, head of collections at MRT, said: ‘We asked the trust team to come up with objects from the collection that in their view represented life on board the Mary Rose 500 years ago. They suggested a range of everyday items such as a wooden spoon, a nit comb, a gold coin and the rosary beads.

‘Life has certainly moved on since that time! We all look forward to seeing the results of the competition.’

The winning entry will be buried during a ceremony to mark the laying of the foundation stone on March 18.

The prize, sponsored by Warings Contractors, will include £500 for the winning organisation to purchase educational resources.

For information on the competition and an entry form visit maryrose.org.