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What would you add to the Blue Peter time capsule?

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This week, workers at the O2 accidentally dug up a time capsule buried by Blue Peter in 1998. As a proud three-time badge awardee, you can imagine my horror when I heard the news.

The container, carefully laid down at what was then the Millennium Dome, was meant to remain undisturbed until 2050, but was unearthed in rough and untimely fashion by builders preparing the way for a shopping centre.

While the capsule has been damaged, its contents remain intact and evoke heaps of nostalgia for the early Blair years; a Spice Girls CD, a Tamagotchi, some Teletubbies, photos of Princess Diana and a Roald Dahl book are just some of the items preserved, selected at the time by Blue Peter viewers.

The programme’s current hosts intend to repair the damage and rebury the pod soon, but not before topping it up with some items from 2017.

Adding value

Immediately deciding that an opportunity of this magnitude couldn’t be left to the after-school TV audience, I asked our team which items they would preserve for 2050.

Here’s what they told me:

Lauren Deitz: A selfie stick, because surely these awful tools won’t last forever. Maybe a photo of green space in London to prove that it did once exist. And a book – Harry Potter would be my choice, just in case e-readers do take over and books are no longer produced.

Katie Bannister: A bottle of Pressure Drop Brewing’s Bosko Absoluto; my favourite vinylIs this it by The Strokes; and my GameCube. This makes for a fabulous evening, too, by the way.

Mel Train: A bottle of prosecco (to see what it tastes like in 33 years’ time), a Nutribullet and a copy of Which?.

Rachel Collinson: A packet of cheesy Wotsits, just to see if they survive.

And for myself? A hoverboard seems fitting, or perhaps an e-cigarette. Maybe a copy of some software terms and conditions, although the end recipient might need another 33 years to get through them.

Before they close the lid for the second (and hopefully final) time, I’d like to know what items the Which? Convo community would hoard for future generations. So, what would you put in the Blue Peter capsule?

Comments
Member

A list of things we would gain as published by the Brexit campaigners.
A photo of a GP’s surgery so people can know they existed.
A first class stamp that didn’t require a second mortgage.

Member

I recently rediscovered a stash of 28p first class stamps in the bottom of a box of stationery. While not quite on the same level of financial reward, the feeling was akin to discovering forgotten Apple shares bought in the 80s. My elation was arguably only 30% of that which a resident of 2050 would experience on lifting the lid to find your last suggestion, and as such I think it has to go in.

Member

Packaging for many household and food items, so when opened in X years time, people can see how much products have shrunk.

Member

I like this suggestion, william – although I’m concerned about products like the Toblerone, which may have identical packaging that contains nothing but a triangle at each end as struts by then.

Member

LOL! Nice…

Member

The packaging may still be the same size, but I would like to think it’d still be against the law not have have an accurate weight listed.

Member

We buy many products because of their packaging. Children’s plastic toys look so much more appealing in flashy boxes. Perfume in expensive caskets and glass bottles. And how much nicer to receive a gift properly wrapped with ribbon and bow; often more exciting than the contents. But all adds to the consumer experience.

I’d put an M&S Swiss Mountain bar alongside the deconstructed Toblerone to show the problem consumers faced when chocolate, extinct by 2050, was available,

Member

A set of today’s coins while they still have value. And to go with the Brexit campaigners expectations, a copy of the ‘promises’ by the Remainers.

A smartphone as I’m sure they won’t be in use in 2050.

Finally, is 2050 long enough? These capsules should outlive those burying then.

Member

I was nine when they first buried this capsule, and will be 61 when it resurfaces. If we consider how much things have changed in only the last decade (the dawn of the smartphone, social media etc.) I think the contents will offer plenty to surprise my sexuagenarian self about how things were in childhood.