Royal Free Hospital buries time capsule to mark the ‘bottoming out’ of the Pears Building

The Royal Free Charity celebrated the "bottoming out" of the new Pears UCL building on the site by b

The Royal Free Charity celebrated the "bottoming out" of the new Pears UCL building on the site by burying a time capsule, to be opened in 100 years. Items inside included a copy of last week's Ham&High newspaper along with artwork by patients who attend the onsite Royal Free School, and personal notes of hope for the next 100 years. Front row from left Sir David Sloman CEO of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Free School student Anabelle Prin (15) holding artworks, Professor Hans Stauss Head of Clinicl Immunology, student Toby Driskell-Poole (15) holding lid of the time capsule, Chris Burghes CE of the Royal Free Charity, and in uniform, Sarita Workman, specialist sister in immunology research at the Royal Free, puts in a copy of the Ham&High. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Polly Hancock

They say today’s newspapers are tomorrow’s chip paper.

The Royal Free Charity celebrated the "bottoming out" of the new Pears UCL building on the site by b

The Royal Free Charity celebrated the "bottoming out" of the new Pears UCL building on the site by burying a time capsule, to be opened in 100 years. Items inside included a copy of last week's Ham&High newspaper along with artwork by patients who attend the onsite Royal Free School, and personal notes of hope for the next 100 years. Front row from left Sir David Sloman CEO of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Free School student Anabelle Prin (15) holding artworks, Professor Hans Stauss Head of Clinicl Immunology, student Toby Driskell-Poole (15) holding lid of the time capsule, Chris Burghes CE of the Royal Free Charity, and in uniform, Sarita Workman, specialist sister in immunology research at the Royal Free, puts in a copy of the Ham&High. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Polly Hancock

But this is the moment a copy of last week’s Ham&High was preserved for future generations as it was buried in a time capsule underneath the new Pears Building at the Royal Free Hospital. The capsule will be opened in 2118.

It was buried at a “bottoming out” ceremony at the site, in Rosslyn Hill, which signifies the lowest point of the site being reached.

Aside from a copy of last week’s paper, there is also artwork from children at the Royal Free School and letters of hope for the future.

When complete, the Pears Building will house the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation. It will be one-of five of its kind in the world.

The Royal Free Charity celebrated the "bottoming out" of the new Pears UCL building on the site by b

The Royal Free Charity celebrated the "bottoming out" of the new Pears UCL building on the site by burying a time capsule, to be opened in 100 years. Items inside included a copy of last week's Ham&High newspaper along with artwork by patients who attend the onsite Royal Free School, and personal notes of hope for the next 100 years. Front row from left Sir David Sloman CEO of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Free School student Anabelle Prin (15) holding artworks, Professor Hans Stauss Head of Clinicl Immunology, student Toby Driskell-Poole (15) holding lid of the time capsule, Chris Burghes CE of the Royal Free Charity, and in uniform, Sarita Workman, specialist sister in immunology research at the Royal Free, puts in a copy of the Ham&High. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Polly Hancock


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Sir Trevor Pears, executive chair of the Pears Foundation – which has donated £5m to the building – said: “My brothers and I are proud to support the hospital.

“Our family business is based in Hampstead and we have a strong relationship with the Royal Free Charity.”

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