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Time capsule captures a moment in time in Penkridge...

Children from St Michael’s CE First School in Penkridge were invited to collect items that reflect life today in the village to put into a time capsule that will be interred to mark extensive refurbishments at local auction house Cuttlestones. The class of 8 and 9 year olds selected items they felt would help give anyone who discovers the capsule in the future an insight into life in 2010, with the box and its contents set to be laid beneath the floor in the newly re-modelled foyer of the Pinfold Lane sale room.

Head auctioneer and MD at Cuttlestones, Ben Gamble, gave the children a fascinating insight into the work of an auction house; showing the group some of the May 28th Fine Art Sale’s highlight lots – including an antique tea caddy made out of an elephant’s foot! The visit provided a great opportunity to introduce a new generation to the joys of antiques, and help create a piece of local history for future generations to enjoy, as Ben explains:

It was brilliant to get the children involved in collecting things for the time capsule – they put real thought into it and provided some great items, from a school tie and photos to post cards of the village. I’m sure whoever finds the capsule in the future will enjoy the window into the past that it provides.”

With the redevelopment work at Cuttlestones due for completion toward the end of June, it remains business as usual for the busy auction house - for a full list of sale dates visit www.cuttlestones.co.uk or call 01785 714905.