Time Capsule From 1894 Found In the Highlands

The time capsule's contents

The time capsule’s contents

Construction workers have discovered a 121 year old time capsule buried in a bridge near Kingussie in the Highlands.

The tin box, roughly the size of a shoe box, was deeply buried inside the Ruthven road bridge, and contained what appears to be a bottle of whisky, a paper scroll, and a newspaper dated Saturday, September 29, 1894.

The contents of the time capsule have been passed to the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, where the staff there are investigating the artefacts further, and doing their best to preserve them. It is believed that the box was placed in the bridge during its construction.

The construction company who found the time capsule are working towards replacing the bridge – which was built during the reign of Queen Victoria – for Highland Council in a £622,000 project.

The suspected bottle of whisky

The suspected bottle of whisky

The company’s area director for infrastructure, Robert Ogg, said, ““It is fascinating to think these items have been sitting in the bridge’s structure for 121 years.

“The changes which have occurred since it was placed there are extraordinary. If you think that the bridge was being used by horses back then, it gives you a sense of the time which has passed.

“We have actually been working with Kingussie primary school to create our own time capsule which we hope will last as long.”

Newspaper 'The People's Journal' dated September 1894

Newspaper ‘The People’s Journal’ dated September 1894

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