Schools encouraged to join in aviation time capsule competition

A NEW education project is being launched by the county’s aviation heritage promoters.

For 2012 Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire is running a competition based around Time Capsules from March 1 to September 20, with all entries submitted and received for judging by October 1.

Time Capsule 2012 aims to encourage young people to explore and compile information on their particular local area’s aviation and associated airfields past or present - or if they wish they can research the county as a whole. This could be either in the form of one specific historic event such as the Dam Busters Rrid, the Waddington International Airshow or it might cover a particular period, for example the Cold War. Any information or documents from the research undertaken can be recorded using text, photographs and artwork.

In addition, all entrants will have the opportunity to record their class, school and current local environment information, for inclusion in a capsule. The competition meets with the National Curriculum criteria in English, History, Citizenship and Art subject areas.

Up to ten time capsules will be ordered for use in the competition and these will be registered with the relevant authorities and with Oglethorpe University in Georgia, USA – the international monitoring organisation for such capsules. In some circumstances schools may be encouraged to include other material from their district; with the capsule being buried in agreed local areas, such as school grounds or have them housed in registered repositories. The capsules will have an embossed lid with the name of the district, school or association, the year buried and the year to be opened.

The age range for the competition is from 5 to 18 years old. Entry is open to all schools, colleges and youth groups. Entry forms, including time capsule storage information, can be obtained from or by telephoning 01529 308137.

Additional teachers’ education information on the county’s aviation museums and historical sites can be found on the AHL website under the homepage education banner.

“Time Capsule 2012 is another exciting opportunity for AHL to interact with Lincolnshire’s young people and also leave a lasting legacy for the AHL partnership,” said Dave Harrigan AHL’s Outreach and Learning Officer.

“Entrants will also be able to use the extensive education resources from the Take Flight link on our website, which is already proving very popular with schools across the county.”

The capsules are being made locally at a foundry in Croft, near Skegness.