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Suffolk Archives and Suffolk Agricultural Association launch time capsule competition for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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Suffolk’s Key Stage Two classes have been tasked with creating a time capsule to show how their school, students, teachers and community have changed over the Queen’s reign.

The winning school will win a visit to The Hold in Ipswich, to research and learn about their local area in the archives, and their time capsule will be stored in The Hold’s archives for future generations to see.

The finalists will also be showcased at the School Farm and Country Fair, and at the Suffolk Show's 'Suffolk - The Platinum Years' display area, which will also feature a recreation of a 1952 classroom.

A primary school classroom in Newmarket pre 1974.
A primary school classroom in Newmarket pre 1974.

Cllr Andrew Reid, Cabinet Member for Heritage at Suffolk County Council, said: "We want local schools to help us to celebrate education in Suffolk during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at the Suffolk Show. This competition is a great opportunity to get pupils to engage with their local history, and have the results of their research preserved in The Hold for the future. Schools’ visits and resources are an important part of the service that Suffolk Archives offers to help support learning and bring history to life."

The entries will be judged by The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, Kate Chantry – Strategic Manager of Suffolk Archives, and David Barker, MBE, current Suffolk Agricultural Association’s President. The competition is also part of the Festival of Suffolk to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Phillip Ainsworth, Chief Executive of the Suffolk Agricultural Association added: "The Association, who organise the Suffolk Show, has long been involved in educating school aged children about food, farming and environment and it is only too fitting that we support a project where Suffolk pupils research and understand the county’s history and present it in a fun way for future generations to discover and explore."

Pupils from Occold Primary School on a visit to The Hold.
Pupils from Occold Primary School on a visit to The Hold.

The competition is partly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as part of Suffolk Archives’ engagement projects with communities across Suffolk.

All the details of how to enter can be found at: www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/education/time-capsule/. If schools have any queries they can contact Hannah Woods, Show and Education Projects Lead, by emailing: hannah.woods@suffolkshow.co.uk.

Schools need to express an interest in taking part by February 11 but have until March 25 to deliver their entries.

Winners will be announced by 1 April 2022.