Appeal for memories as time capsule is discovered at country house

By Harriet Beadnell, 7 July 2017 - 2:15pm

Members of the public are being invited to contribute to a new Killerton House time capsule 


A young Sir Richard Acland is pictured in knitted swimwear and a rubber ring before taking a dip in the river on the Killerton estate. (Credit: The National Trust)

A time capsule featuring 1920s photo negatives has been discovered in the roof of Killerton House in Devon.

The National Trust property was having repair work done when they discovered the time capsule hidden inside the roof of the property. 

Gareth Fear, carpenter for Ken Biggs Contractors, said: “The negatives were tucked away between roof rafters.

"We’ve found loads of things when stripping the roof – cigarette packets, a bit of newspaper from 1874 and handwritten notes and sketches. It’s always nice to find things – it’s a snapshot in time.”

The hidden negatives have been carefully developed and show the Acland family around the estate and on various holidays in the 1920s.

The Acland family left the property to The National Trust in 1944 and the estate includes 6,400 acres of land, 250 cottages and 18 farms. 

Bryony Wilde, Project Officer at the 18th century house, said: “During their own roof works we think the Aclands at the time decided to leave a legacy of their memories, and it’s so exciting that we’ve made this discovery during the current restoration of the roof.” 


One of the many photographs discovered as part of the Killerton House time capsule. (Credit: The National Trust)

The team at Killerton House are encouraging the public to share their own memories and images of Killerton.

Public memories are to be included in a memory book alongside copies of the Acland photographs.

The new time capsule will be placed back into the roof void for future generations to discover.

Bryony added: “The Aclands have inspired us to follow their example.

"This is a thrilling opportunity and we’d love people to be a part of it.

"So many people love Killerton – it’s exciting that people in 100 years’ time will be able to read why this place is so special to us today and why we're protecting the building for future generations to enjoy”.


The team were delighted to uncover new photographs of the Acland family. (Credit: The National Trust)

If you would like to submit your own memories or photographs for the new time capsule, you can email the team at Killerton House or use their online form.

The public have until Monday 24 July to submit their memories. 

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