29th May 2018
A Blue Peter time capsule that should have been underground until 2050, is to be an attraction at Mailbox Birmingham until June 5th.
When the Blue Peter Millennium Time Capsule was accidentally dug up by construction workers 33 years earlier than planned it made headline news.
Now, as part of Blue Peter’s 60th Birthday year, the contents of that time capsule – which have been stored in a secret location ever since – are going on tour around the UK. And Mailbox is the first destination on the list!
The tour will give people an exclusive opportunity to view the unearthed items before they are finally sealed and stored in The National Archives later this year. The items, which were decided by viewers of the show in 1998, include a set of British coins, a set of Tellytubby dolls, a photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales, viewers’ letters about how life was at the time, a Roald Dahl Treasury Book, a France 98 World Cup football and quirkier items such as an insulin pen and an asthma inhaler.
Various Blue Peter items such as a set of badges and a history of the programme were also put into the capsule before it was buried by then presenters Katy Hill and Richard Bacon on 11 June 1998 beneath the Millennium Dome, in Greenwich, now the O2 Arena. It was due to be excavated in 2050 but builders accidentally dug it up in February 2017 amid a blaze of publicity. What was left of the capsule and its contents (a Spice Girls CD has yet to be found) were returned to Blue Peter where they have remained in a secret location – until now.
The Blue Peter Time Capsule tour starts on Friday 25 May in Birmingham and will visit Hull, Newcastle, Leicester, Glasgow, Norwich, Brighton and Salford as well as the Royal Welsh, Cornwall County, and Great Yorkshire shows. Various past presenters, including Valerie Singleton, Diane-Louise Jordan, Janet Ellis, Katy Hill and Ayo Akinwolere, as well as current presenters, Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya, will be on hand during the tour to reflect on how generations have marked Blue Peter history and why its time capsules have captured the imagination of the nation.
Full details of locations, including which presenters are appearing at which event, can be found at the Blue Peter website bbc.co.uk/bluepeter.