Creating memories for the future: local schoolchildren invited to build time capsule as part of East Bank

  • Time capsule will be buried to mark start of East Bank construction
  • East Bank will be a powerhouse of creativity, education, innovation and growth
  • Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will help bury capsule

Local schoolchildren are being asked to put their thinking hats on and consider what objects should be buried in a time capsule as part of the East Bank development at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The start of construction in July will be marked by four schoolchildren burying the capsule with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The East Bank partners will select the best four entries. This competition is open to key stage 2 students who attend schools in the Park’s neighbouring boroughs: Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Pupils will need to write about an everyday item that, in 100 years, people will want to study because the item has already significantly changed people’s daily lives or an item which has the potential to change or improve the way people will work, study, perform or live in the future. The item should cost less than £100 and be able to be carried.

East Bank will complement the existing arts and culture organisations already based in east London. There will be new sites for Sadler’s Wells, the V&A (in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution), as well as University College London and University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion on the Park. The BBC will create a new home for the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers. More than 2,500 jobs will be created in East Bank, and an estimated £1.5 billion generated for the local economy. East Bank partners are already working on projects of real benefit to London’s creative economy and local communities.

Lyn Garner, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “It’s great to see the East Bank partners working with local schools and their pupils. I’m sure the children will rise to the challenge and choose some very surprising items to bury in the time capsule and mark the start of this amazing scheme.”