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Famous Blue Peter time capsule dug up 33 years early to visit Norwich on tour

PUBLISHED: 13:54 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:29 10 May 2018

The contents of Blue Peter's Millennium Time Capsule. Picture: BBC

The contents of Blue Peter's Millennium Time Capsule. Picture: BBC

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A historic Blue Peter time capsule accidentally dug up 33 years early by construction workers is to visit Norwich on tour.

Richard Bacon and Katy Hill with the Blue Peter's Millennium Time Capsule before it was buried. Picture: BBCRichard Bacon and Katy Hill with the Blue Peter's Millennium Time Capsule before it was buried. Picture: BBC

The Millennium Time Capsule, which contains a snapshot of life pre-2000, has been kept in a secret location after it was mistakenly unearthed by builders in February last year.

The capsule was buried by then Blue Peter presenters Katy Hill and Richard Bacon on June 11 1998 beneath the Millennium Dome and was meant to be excavated in 2050.

The capsule and its contents, apart from a missing Spice Girls CD, was returned to Blue Peter.

Other items - which were decided by viewers of the BBC show in 1998 - include a set of British coins, Teletubby dolls, a photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales, letters from viewers about life at the time, an insulin pen and asthma inhaler.

A Blue Peter badge. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARYA Blue Peter badge. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Now a Blue Peter Time Capsule tour will start on May 25 in Birmingham as part of the famous children’s television show’s 60th birthday year.

It will visit Hull, Newcastle, Leicester, Glasgow, Norwich, Brighton and Salford as well as the Royal Welsh, Cornwall County, and Great Yorkshire shows.

The time capsule will be at BBC Radio Norfolk, The Forum, Norwich, from Saturday, July 28 to Sunday, August 5.

The capsule will then be sealed and stored in The National Archives until it will be seen by a new generation in 2050.

Viewers are also being asked to submit ideas for the next time capsule, the Diamond Time Capsule, which will be stored in The National Archives in October to mark the show’s 60th birthday.

Blue Peter editor Ewan Vinnicombe said: “I can remember the 1998 Millennium Time Capsule getting buried when I was in my first year working at BBC Children’s.

“Time certainly flies and now, 20 years later, as the show’s editor I am deciding the future of one of the most iconic parts of the programme.

“Although unexpected, it is brilliant that we can let families across the UK see the contents of the 1998 time capsule earlier than planned before it is sealed away until 2050 at The National Archives.”

For more details of the Norwich visit, see www.bbc.co.uk/bluepeter


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