MEMORIES of Lynemouth schooldays have been safely stored for future generations.
Pupils at the William Leech Campus have been collecting items such as uniforms, poems and photographs of their activities to place in a time capsule alongside similar pieces from the former Lynemouth First School.
The capsule has now been buried at the school site to leave a record that perhaps may not be dug up for decades.
Primary Leader Helen Sample said: “Part of the capsule had been put together when we had Lynemouth First School so when we became an academy and got the new building we decided that we would add something to show what William Leech Campus is like and show the continuation.
“Children came up with ideas of what they would like to put in so there are bits from the old and new schools, as well as old photographs and books about Lynemouth then and now.
“The children really enjoyed the time capsule project. We had an assembly before we buried it and I got all the things out to show them. They saw the old school uniform and things like a video cassette – some of them weren’t sure what it was. There was even a film reel from a proper projector and the children had no idea what that was. They were interested to see all the different things in there.”
The project was completed as part of an arts week at the school, which saw local historian Neil Taylor work with older pupils on topics about Lynemouth heritage, while artist Graeme Hopper, who is working on sculptures in the area with Isos Housing, completed various artwork with the youngsters.
There was also an exhibition for the community to visit.
Mrs Sample said: “The children absolutely loved the different activities that were going on. We had mosaics, prints, Andy Warhol, cartoons, Picasso, self-portraits. It was fabulous.
“We were also pleased to have a nice turnout from the community to have a look at the children’s artwork.
“We would definitely do something like this again, but perhaps not this academic year.”