Tree thumbnailMany communities enjoy pulling together time capsules to preserve local history.

Curators at local museums are often called upon to advise community groups in what type of containers to buy and to help with the process of recovering and stabilizing old time capsules.

Despite the romantic notions associated with these harbingers of times past, they pose many problems for conservation.

Helen Fraser explains the dangers of storing historic objects in containers underground and advises what containers and methods are best for protecting objects in time capsules.

Fraser  also overviews how to select items to place in the capsule.

This leaflet explains the many cons of creating a time capsule and provides cautionary tales for continuing with the process but also attempts to provide practical solutions for meeting a community’s needs.

Technical Leaflet #182 (1992)