Insight into today's Keynsham is buried for tomorrow's residents

Published on: 07 Oct 2016

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A snapshot of life in Keynsham in 2016 has been buried at the Market Walk development for a future generation to discover.

A time capsule containing photos, local publications and items from many local clubs and groups was placed under a paving slab on the steps below Bonzo Lounge at Bath Hill in a ceremony last month.

Keynsham Brass Band played as councillors, representatives from local organisations and members of the public watched town council chairman Lisa O’Brien place the capsule in the ground before Bath and North East Somerset Council chairman Alan Hale unveiled the inscribed slab that now covers it.

Mr Hale said it contained many items that represented “the issues, activities and achievements of myriad community groups and individuals who have made a difference to our environment”.

He added that much had changed in Keynsham as developments created new neighbourhoods and he hoped new residents would enjoy the “special environment” the town offers.

The wording on the slab, carved by stonemason Iain Cotton, reads: “Keynsham Time Capsule 2016 – A reflection of our town.”

A time capsule buried in 1964 was retrieved from under the old town hall in 2013 when demolition began to make way for Market Walk. The battered copper box contained documents from Keynsham Urban District Council, newspapers, photos of the town and the development of the new precinct as well as freshly minted coins, an ammonite and portions of a Roman vase.

Today’s time capsule also contains, among many other items, town council minutes, reports and leaflets, newspapers and photos, as well as a time-lapse film of Market Walk being constructed, a film of the Keynsham and Saltford Torch Relay and digital images of items from the 1960s time capsule and of the Frys factory over the years.

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