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Richard Bacon and with the BBC Blue Peter Time Capsule
Richard Bacon and with the BBC Blue Peter Time Capsule

BBC Blue Peter ‘Time Capsule’ dug up by Construction Workers 33 years too early

The mistake happened when workers were laying new cables at the o2 Arena

Construction workers have accidentally dug up Blue Peter’s ‘Millennium Time Capsule’, 33 years earlier than planned.

The Time Capsule was buried under the Millennium Dome, now the o2 Arena, in 1998, whilst it was being built.

Richard Bacon and Katy Hill at the site of the Blue Peter Time Capsule
Richard Bacon and Katy Hill at the site of the Blue Peter Time Capsule

It was due to be uplifted again in 2050 to look at how technology and life in general has changed. However, unearthing it now has given us a nostalgic look back at what life was like in the 90s.

Below is a clip from the episode of Blue Peter when they originally sunk the time capsule. It showcases some of the many popular figures and technologies of the 20th century, which we would be star struck by when opened again in 2050.

Items that were placed in the time capsule included a roller blade, an asthma inhaler, Tellytubby dolls, a France 1998 World Cup football, a picture of a dove to symbolise peace in Northern Ireland, a Roald Dahl book, a photo of Princess Diana and a selection of 90s memorabilia including a Tamagotchi and Spice Girls merchandise.

The items that made the plunge were selected via a Blue Peter competition, with viewers asked to submit ideas for items they would like to be included.

The Blue Peter Time Capsule being buried by Richard Bacon and Katy Hill
The Blue Peter Time Capsule being buried by Richard Bacon and Katy Hill

Hosts Richard Bacon and Katy Hill buried the mementos 15ft underground, but workers laying cables at the o2 unearthed the container on Tuesday.

According to The Sun, after hitting the capsule with their digging equipment the builders thought they had struck gold. [Article continues below]

 

Richard Bacon with the full range of Time Capsule stock. Items include a France 1998 World Cup football, Roller Blades, a Roald Dahl book, Tellytubby dolls and more.

Time Capsule Stock: 1990’s memorabilia including Spice Girls merchandise and a Tamagotchi.

The Tellytubbies were placed into the Blue Peter Time Capsule.

A rare Roald Dahl Treasury and a Roller Blade made their way into the ground.

Richard Bacon and Katy Hill shaking hands after burying the Time Capsule in 1998
Richard Bacon and Katy Hill shaking hands after burying the Time Capsule in 1998

A source is reported to have explained: “we were going at it with anything they could find – hammers, shovels, the lot” and “at one point a bloke in a forklift squished it with the machine’s teeth.”

A spokesperson for the BBC said: “Although a little earlier than anticipated, we’re looking forward to sharing these memories with our viewers and making new ones as we return the capsule to the earth so that it can be reopened in 2050 as originally planned.”

The Blue Peter capsule was reportedly dumped in a skip before somebody realised what it was and passed it onto o2 arena bosses. The capsule will now be re-buried and unearthed once more in 2050, as originally planned if nobody else digs it up.

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