Memories preserved in Aberdeen Art Gallery time capsule

treasures: From left, art gallery manager Christine Rew, Emma Campbell of Hoskins Architects, Councillor Jenny Laing and Lord Provost George Adam with the time capsule.

A Tartan neck tie, photographs and a piece of plasterwork were just some of the things buried in a time capsule at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing and Lord Provost George Adam buried the collection of items yesterday, for future generations of Aberdonians to find.

The objects were selected by Aberdeen Art Gallery staff, each to represent one month of 2015, the year the £30 million gallery redevelopment began on site.

Included in the capsule, which was buried under the stairwell – were a whole range of items including pictures from closing events at the art gallery in 2015 and of staff.

It also included a piece of plasterwork taken from the wall of the gallery shop, fundraising campaign publicity materials, an art gallery mug as well as an Aberdeen Forever tartan tie.

Councillor Laing said: “This time capsule has been interred to mark the most significant change to Aberdeen’s cultural scene since the art gallery opened in 1885.

“We hope that through these items, future generations will appreciate the commitment made by the council, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and all those who have donated to create a lasting cultural legacy for the city.”

The items were wrapped in archival material and stored in a secure container so that it will be safely preserved for posterity.

A plaque will also be put in place to mark the building’s transformation once the construction is completed.

Lord Provost George Adam said it was an “honour” to mark the redevelopment .

He added: “The project sends out a strong message that Aberdeen values its cultural capital as much as it does its economic wealth and is using modern ways of bringing new audiences and visitors into the world of art and music.

“I’m sure by the time these items are discovered, the true value of the Inspiring Art and Music redevelopment will already be deeply appreciated by future generations of Aberdeen.”

Council chiefs have vowed the £30m renovation will make the attraction among the best regional galleries in the world.

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