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Did you know we have a hidden time capsule?

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I don’t know about yourselves but I have been guilty of doing more online shopping these days. How handy is PayPal to use for your online purchasing?! I ask myself did I really need a bathroom mat set with a purple dragon on it… But it popped up on Amazon and with free delivery.

I have been thinking about how much banking has changed over time. We have a Northern Bank branch building in the town area of the Ulster Folk Museum. It is a replica building. The original, a listed building, is still standing. The replica Northern Bank branch opened in 1991.

Image: Replica Portglenone Northern Banking Company Limited branch, Ulster Folk Museum
Replica Portglenone Northern Banking Company Limited branch, Ulster Folk Museum

While doing some research on the Northern Bank branch up in our Folk Museum, I discovered that there is a time capsule in the exterior wall. There is a discreet commemorative stone at the front of the building and behind it lies the time capsule! It apparently contains bank and museum items from 1989. Our bank branch was part funded by the then Northern Bank and the commemorative stone was a way to acknowledge their contribution.

Image: Inserting items into the time capsule, June 1989, Ulster Folk Museum
Inserting items into the time capsule, June 1989, Ulster Folk Museum

I am particularly nosy and curious about objects. An excellent trait to have as a curator when exploring in our stores. I really want to know what is inside.

I am hoping after some redevelopments of our bank in a few years, perhaps 2024 (35th anniversary of the time capsule installed), that we open and digitize the contents of this box and create another one to reflect banking in 2024. It will be interesting to compare the two boxes. What do you think should go in the new time capsule?