Wednesday 15th December 2021,
North Edinburgh Community News

Victoria Primary School pupils poems added to Time Capsule

Poems written by children from Victoria Primary School will be placed in a Time Capsule under the Burns statue on Baltic Street.

As well as the poems the capsule will be packed with other items including a letter from the Edinburgh Burns club, a local police report, coins and a Trams to Newhaven newsletter.

When contractors moved the statue they discovered a Time Capsule that was from 1898, although on opening it was discovered it may have been opened on a previous occasion with some artefacts from 1961.

The Burns statue was moved 18 feet in 1961, and for the last two years it has been in the safe hands of conservator Nic Boyes for restoration during the tram project.

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener, said: “It was truly fascinating to crack open the historic time capsule last year, which revealed some of the interests, tastes and habits of 19th century Leithers.

“I’m delighted that the capsule is being reinstated, meaning its contents can hopefully be enjoyed all over again down in years to come.

“The Trams to Newhaven team and contractors have worked really hard to collect artefacts for the 2021 time capsule which will give future generations an insight into the area – and some of the interesting times we’ve been living through recently.

“Thanks to all those who contributed a little piece of Leith in the 21st century.”

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