Schoolchildren have buried a time capsule beneath the foundations of a new accommodation block for sailors at HMS Nelson.
Youngsters from three schools in the area each chose items to put in the capsule, which has now been buried underneath the new Falklands Block.
The building is due to replace the Royal Navy’s ageing Britannia Block, and will provide accommodation for 270 sailors.
Among the items chosen by the pupils, from Bay House School in Gosport, and Solent Infant and Mayfield schools in Portsmouth, was a school jumper, toys, coins, badges, and photographs.
Commodore Jeremy Rigby, the naval base commander, said: ‘About 75 years ago, there were air raid shelters beneath where we are standing and messages had been carved on walls which now provide us with a snapshot of history.
‘So when this capsule is dug up about 75 years from now, these items will provide a similar snapshot of life in 2013.
‘I’m sure whoever uncovers the capsule will find it a fascinating historical resource.’
Bay House School pupil Alicia Pacey, 11, wrote a letter and put it in the capsule.
She said: ‘It’s exciting to think that one day people in the naval base might be reading my letter when they dig up the time capsule.
‘It was really nice to be able to do this. My letter was about the way things are in the present.’
The new block is being built to provide better quality accommodation for sailors in the city.
Cdre Rigby told The News: ‘This investment is a tangible demonstration that the naval base is here to stay.
‘We are a 21st century navy and we take standards very seriously so this is about improving on what we had before.’
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Lynne Stagg, was there to help bury the capsule.
The contractors who are building the new block also added some photographs of Britannia Block, which is to be knocked down.