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Calling all Primary Schools to take part in Time Capsule Project at Inverness Castle

As works progress on the transformation of Inverness Castle into a world class visitor experience, set to open in 2025, the project team would like to invite all primary schools in the Highlands to take part in a project that will see a time capsule, sponsored by Bancon Construction, suspended in the original well within Inverness Castle.

All pupils are being asked to nominate the top five items to put into the time capsule that reflect what they believe is special about the area of the Highlands in which they live.

The five items selected by the panel of judges will be buried for over 50 years and the winning school will be invited to attend the suspension of the time capsule in Inverness Castle.

All teachers in the Highlands can access the entry form on a dedicated Google Classroom or by emailing the Spirit of the Highlands team at [email protected]

The deadline for entries is 31 March 2023, with the time capsule suspension taking place in April.

Cllr Ian Brown, Leader of Inverness City and Area and Co-chair of the Inverness Castle Project Delivery Group, said:

“The time capsule gives pupils the opportunity to be creative and think about life in the Highlands in present day which could be sealed and reopened in over 50 years from now.  It provides a unique link between the present and future in physical objects against the juxtaposition of the timeless stories that will be told within Inverness Castle as a visitor experience.”

HLH Chair, Mark Tate, said:

“Involving the voices and thoughts of the younger generation around the Highlands in this time capsule project is really important in developing the visitor experience within Inverness Castle. We would encourage all primary schools to take part in this project to let us know what young people think is uniquely special about their area in the Highlands.”

Dawn Kane, Business Development Manager, Bancon Construction, said:

“Bancon Construction is excited to be sponsoring the time capsule at Inverness Castle. It is fantastic that we will be part of creating an exciting gift for future generations here in the Highlands. We look forward to seeing the inventive ideas young people from schools around the area come up with.”

The Inverness Castle project, opening in 2025, will benefit from £30m investment to support its re-development from the Scottish and UK Governments, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and a range of other partners.

The Inverness Castle project is part of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal, which is a joint initiative supported by up to £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of the Highlands and Islands, aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.’