Hidden Time Capsule

Surgeons' Hall Museum

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On the 28th of November 2014, builders from John Dennis Ltd working on the HLF Lister Project at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh unearthed a time capsule, buried beneath the south east corner of the Playfair building. Stored in a snuff tin were two newspapers from March 19th 1909, two postcards and a list of names dated March 26th 1909. We have been expecting to find an ‘official’ capsule but this one came as a bit of a surprise as it must have been placed secretly without the knowledge of the College during the 1909 extension work!

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Considering the tin has been underground for over 100 years, it is in surprisingly good condition, as are the contents. The tin would have originally contained Kendal Brown Scented Snuff, manufactured in the town of same name, in the Lake District, by Samuel Gawith. Given that a regular…

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