Royal Free Hospital buries time capsule to mark the ‘bottoming out’ of the Pears Building
- Credit: Polly Hancock
They say today’s newspapers are tomorrow’s chip paper.
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.
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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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