Community Time Capsule: 2020 extraordinary times!

4th November 2020
Leatherhead Parish Church

One day generations to come will want to know what life was like during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020. So right now, we have a unique opportunity to record some of our most memorable moments of the year (good or bad) and preserve them for posterity in a time capsule.

We’re asking the people of Leatherhead to share content for inclusion in a time capsule to be placed in the new stone floor of Leatherhead Parish Church. The time capsule will be ceremoniously opened in 100 years’ time in the year 2120, while the remaining items collected will go into the Leatherhead Museum to form an archive of Leatherhead in Lockdown.

A look back at 2020

Think about what people in the future might want to know about our town and our experiences in 2020. What makes Leatherhead special? How did the town change during this unprecedented year?

Whether a keyworker, furloughed employee, struggling business owner, remote worker at home, or student studying online, your stories are worth telling. It can be just one or two lines, a diary entry, or a poem either emailed or handwritten.

Photos of people, places or activities that kept you going, or other things you noticed or missed, will provide a historical snapshot of Leatherhead, and offer fascinating insights into the lives of ordinary people that might otherwise be forgotten. Social media memes that made you laugh or cry are also of particular interest.

The time capsule is not very big, but there’s also a bit of room for small objects of significance. Perhaps a handmade face mask, personalised hand gel, commemorative coins issued in 2020, or something even more distinctive that you can think of!

time capsule window display

We’ve started a window display in the showcase opposite Sainsburys in the Swan Shopping Centre. It would be lovely to add to it with community contributions during the month of November. For those of you who will not get into town during the 2nd lockdown, we will also post to our social media pages.

We hope as many people and community groups as possible will get involved in this exciting project being undertaken by Leatherhead Parish Church, Leatherhead & District Local History Society (LDLHS), The Swan Shopping Centre.

Email your contributions to: or drop items into the Swan Shopping Centre management office by Saturday 5th December. Please make sure you add your name and contact details and read the full terms & conditions below. If you have any questions please email as above or call the Swan Centre Management office.

terms & conditions

  • Please only submit material created by you and not copied from or based (in whole or in part) upon any other photographic, literary, or other material, except to the extent that such material is in the public domain, or you have permission of the copyright owner, or its use is allowed by “Fair Dealing” as prescribed by the terms of UK copyright law.
  • Please carefully consider confidentiality, privacy and intellectual property law before submitting material. We may ask for photo permission documents to be signed if considered necessary to meet our safeguarding and data protection policies.
    Your name and email address or phone number will be recorded when you send material to us. This will be used for communication purposes. Your name will only be shared with your content by agreement.
  • Send entries to or deliver to the management office at the Swan Shopping Centre by 5th December 2020.
  • Acceptance of submissions for the archive is at the sole discretion of Leatherhead Museum.
    Items for inclusion within the time capsule will be determined by a judging panel to include representatives from Leatherhead Parish Church Making History team.

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