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Find out what's inside Inverness Castle time capsules

By Erin Miller

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Pupils at North Kessock Primary chose items which will go into a time capsule. Picture: James Mackenzie
Pupils at North Kessock Primary chose items which will go into a time capsule. Picture: James Mackenzie

A time capsule containing a mobile phone, money and newspaper clippings will be part of the Inverness Castle redevelopment project.

Work is under way to transform the venue into a must-see tourist attraction.

The items for the time capsule were suggested by pupils at North Kessock Primary after winning a contest to name memorabilia symbolising what the children thought was ‘special about the area of the Highlands where they live’.

The items that the North Kessock P5-6 (now P6-7) came up with were: a personal diary from home-schooling during the Covid-19 lockdown, including newspaper clippings; a ribbon with Scots writing and the date to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III; a selection of coins in use in 2023, as well as a £5 Scottish note; a photograph of North Kessock and Inverness from the air including diesel/ petrol cars; and an iPhone.

Representatives from the winning class sealed their ‘top five items’ inside the time capsule, which will be suspended in the well in the Inverness Castle Experience in 2024 by sponsor Bancon Construction.

Special guests from Visit Inverness Loch Ness and Jacobite, Harry Gow, Caley Thistle and Ross County donated five additional items that represent popular choices by several Highland schools and went into a second time capsule containing: a Loch Ness Monster toy; a scroll about the dream ring from Harry Gow; football strips from Caley Thistle and Ross County; a diary entry of a Highland pupil as they welcomed a young person from Ukraine to their school; selected newspaper clippings, from September 1, 2023.

Teacher Kirsty Glass said: “The children have a really rich sense of their cultural identity. They had a great understanding of what it meant to be Scottish and what it was like to be from a coastal community and their items show that.”

The revamped castle is set to be open in 2025.

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