Only 3 weeks to go until the Jubilee Time Capsule is sealed…

Queen Elizabeth the second

There are only 3 weeks to go until our special Jubilee Time Capsule is sealed forever, a digital Diamond Jubilee gift to Her Majesty the Queen! When we say ‘ours’ we really do mean it – people from all over the world have been contributing to the Capsule, filling it with memories from the last 60 years of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign. From Grenada to Singapore, from Olympic Gold medalist Kirani James to interviews with the grandparents, we have read thousands of your fabulous entries, and we can’t wait for the Queen to see them too!

Last week Chiang Yan Li from Singapore wrote this great entry about her school which won her an engraved iPod touch: (yes, we are giving one away every week until the end of September!)

We are also running a photography competition with The Royal Photographic Society. To win a trip to London, and for the chance to be mentored by RPS photographers, submit your photographic entry into the Capsule here and to read more about our Competitions click here.

… there are only 3 weeks to go until the Jubilee Time Capsule is sealed for good!


It’s the Summer of Sport!

This summer is turning out to be the ‘Summer of Sport’ with major sporting events taking place all over the world in all different sports. We at the JTC are currently going sports-mad and can’t get enough! With Euro 2012,Wimbledon, ICC World Twenty20, ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, Formula One, Rugby Summer Tours and last but by no means least – the London 2012 Olympics – we won’t have to do without sport for a single day this summer.

The Jubilee Time Capsule has an entire Sports Gallery full of fantastic sports-related memories from primary school football matches to World Cups. These are some of our favourite sports entries in celebration of the Summer of Sport:

South Africa World Cup 2010

The World Cup 2010 in South Africa was a landmark event for both South Africa and the whole African continent.

While we here in England haven’t experienced the joy of hosting or winning a World Cup since 1966 (sore subject), one of the Commonwealth family hosted it just 2 years ago. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was a landmark sporting event as it was the first World Cup hosted by an African nation. Lungile Ntuli from South Africa submitted her entry about the legacy of the World Cup inSouth Africa and its symbolic significance.

1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne Australia

The 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne were Australia’s first time hosting and the first during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign!

This summer marks one of the most anticipated sporting events – the London 2012 Olympics. The first Olympic Games during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign were held in Melbourne in 1956. Alison Vile has submitted her memories of moving to Melbourne in 1956 and attending Olympic events as part of a school group (We bet a lot of schoolchildren wish that were the case this summer!)

India Win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup!

India defeat Sri Lanka in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Final!

We would venture a guess that cricket is the most competitive Commonwealth sport. This summer will see the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Australia. We have loads of great entries about exciting cricket matches and we particularly like this entry from Ananya Sivaraman about their home nation, India, taking home top honours at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup!

The Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Team aim for the London 2012 Olympics

The Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Team aim to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

While we have some fantastic entries from people who watch their favourite athletes compete – we also have fantastic entries from the athletes themselves! We have received inspiring entries from Parathletes Oscar Pistorious and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson as well as Olympic hopefuls – the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Team!

Sports are one of the best ways citizens of the Commonwealth can come together, whether it’s watching a match, supporting the same team or actually playing sports together – sports are important in every Commonwealth nation. For our Summer of Sport, we would love to see all of YOUR sports memories on the Jubilee Time Capsule!

JTC teams up with the Prince’s Foundation for Children & The Arts

The Jubilee Time Capsule has teamed up with The Prince’s Foundation for Children & The Arts to collaborate on the UK’s largest ever art project – Face Britain.

Through the medium of self-portraiture the aim is to celebrate the nation’s children and young people during the lead up to HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Face Britain is open to anyone aged 4-16 years in theUK, regardless of drawing or learning ability.   Self-portraits in any medium will be accepted including painting, abstract, graphics, 3-D, photography or collage.   They can be uploaded on the Face Britain Online Gallery until the end of March 2012.

As an official Guinness World Records attempt, the portraits will be combined to create a montage image of HM The Queen that will be projected ontoBuckinghamPalacein the Spring 2012.   This image will also be showcased on the national network of BBC Big Screens/Olympic Live Sites and on over 400 JCDecaux digital advertising screens in major train stations and shopping malls across the UK. 

Face Britain is mostly being driven through schools and the website features a wide range of teaching resource to support classroom activity and study topics.   BBC World Class has produced a Face Britain Assembly Pack with Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson who has recently been interviewed for the Jubilee Time Capsule.

To help provide inspiration a growing number of artists, authors, celebrities and sports legends have agreed to join the nation’s children and young people in creating a self-portrait.  Amongst those taking part in Face Britain are Dame Mary Peters, Sir Geoff Hurst, Ade Adepitan, Tracey Emin, Michael Morpurgo, Fearne Cotton and The Wanted to name but a few.

For further details and to find out how to take part visit

Sport in the Jubilee Time Capsule

November is Sports Month in the Jubilee Time Capsule.  We’re asking for contributions on your favourite sports-related memories!

We want to know about your school sports days; the day your favourite football team won a match; your memories of the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics; any sports competitions you’ve been a part of; or memories of being part of a sports club and what that meant to you.

So far we’ve had entries on a wide range of sports, including; football, rugby, swimming and athletics, we’ve even interviewed sports stars Oscar Pistorius, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dame Mary Peters.

We want to build a fantastic collection of Commonwealth sporting memories; from coming first at the 100m on a school sports day, to watching New Zealand win the 2011 Rugby World Cup.  We want to know how people are involved in sport across the Commonwealth, what sports they love and why.  This is why we want YOUR sports stories!

To see what sports memories Jubilee Time Capsule users have already entered click here.

Oscar Pistorius talks to the JTC

November is Sports Month in the Jubilee Time Capsule, so to kickstart the month we caught up with South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London.

Oscar’s motto is “you’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have” and in this entry Oscar recalls the moment, after narrowly avoiding a go-karting disaster as a child, that he learnt there are advantages in having a disability.

To watch the video in the JTC please visit the website.

To share your sporting memories visit

Dame Judi Dench, Dev Patel and Rupert Everett are among a host of celebrities featuring in a new VisitBritain campaign

Dame Judi Dench, Dev Patel and Rupert Everrett are among the celebrities appearing in a new campaign for the tourism agency VisitBritain.  The campaign hopes to attract overseas visitors to Britain.

The celebrities will feature in a television advert inviting audiences to join in the “national mood of celebration” following the Royal wedding, and in the run-up to Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics.

Other celebrities involved in the campaign include Jamie Oliver and Twiggy.   Alongside the TV advert, each celebrity has shot a short personal invitation to Britain, from a location of their choice, that will be posted onto Youtube.

Sandie Dawe, chief executive of VisitBritain, said “This campaign aims to inspire visitors to come and explore for themselves. Over four years, we aim to attract 4 million extra overseas visitors, who will spend £2 billion across Britain.”