24th November 15

Adlington Hall Time Capsule Burial

Last week, Adlington Hall  buried a Time Capsule for historians of the future to find. After lifting the floor the team were very excited to see if they would find anything, and when the floor is lifted again in over 100 years they will find a time capsule full of tokens about 2015. This will prove useful for scholars and historians of the next generations to be able to study life as it is today.

The Great Hall at Adlington Hall has been undergoing restoration work over the past couple of months, this gave us an ideal opportunity to be able to bury a time capsule to be discovered in over 100 years.

Emma At Adlington

Emma Joyce with the Time Capsule

Within the time capsule were a multitude of items that are relevant to Adlington Hall today. The items were made up of things showing the political factors that influence our society, the social factors, historical factors and some economical factors. The list is as follows;

  • Adlington Hall & Gardens Guide Book-
  • Adlington Hall & Gardens Wedding Brochure –
  • Coins – 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 –
  • Newspaper prints showing the birth of Princess Charlotte, the result of the General Election, and the front page of the day the Queen became our longest serving monarch
  • A copy of this week’s Radio Times
  • A copy of this week’s Hello Magazine
  • A copy of The Independent newspaper from Monday to detail the Paris attacks
  • A folder with a sheet of information for each member of staff with things like
    • How long have you worked at Adlington Hall
    • What do you spend your free time doing
    • What’s your favourite TV programme / film / sports team
    • What do thing will change the most in the next 100 years
  • A list of essentials prices. Price of milk, bread, petrol etc
  • A list of the top 100 grossing films in 2015 and a list of the top selling singles


As you can see, each item fits at least one of the historical, social, economical and political factors.

Bridget Roberts is the General Manager, here at Adlington Hall and Gardens, and has gone on to say;

“We have found the experience of pulling together a time capsule very interesting. Trying to imagine what people would be interested in knowing in the future makes, you think about the past.  What would we like to know about our predecessors? What would we like to see in a time capsule from the early 1900’s.  We have decided to include a mixture of information ranging from who works at Adlington and who got married here in 2015 through to how much is a litre of milk and what is the most popular TV programme of the year.  We really hope that in another 100 years they find our little snapshot of Adlington life of interest”


You may be wondering if the works have been completed yet to the floor in the Great Hall and Dining Room, and yes, everything is finished now so don’t worry if you have booked a wedding in the next couple of weeks as everything is complete. For more information on the works that took place, why not look at our Restoration blog that gives you all the information you will need.



Adlington Hall Days Out

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