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!

National Express Jump Aboard the Jubilee Time Capsule!

National Express coach decorated in JTC entries

National Express coach decorated in JTC entries

The Royal Commonwealth Society is delighted that the National Express Group has become an official partner of the Jubilee Time Capsule project. 

National Express will be inviting customers to submit their moving moments to the Jubilee Time Capsule, and supporting the RCS in encouraging people across the globe to submit  their memories. 

Dean Finch, Group Chief Executive of National Express, said: “I am delighted that National Express Group has become an official partner of the Royal Commonwealth Society’s Jubilee Time Capsule.

“This amazing project forms part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – offering everyone the chance to share their own moving moments from the past 60 years.

“As well as providing travel to the many Jubilee celebrations taking place around the UK this summer we will also be encouraging our customers to upload their own personal memories.” 

At a launch event held on Monday, the UK’s largest coach operator revealed a special JTC coach which features a selection of entries submitted to the project from across the UK. It will travel between London and Birmingham encouraging people to submit their memories from Her Majesty The Queen’s reign.

Prince Harry enters the Jubilee Time Capsule!

Prince Harry visit to Jamaica - PA

Prince Harry visit to Jamaica – PA

We are thrilled that HRH Prince Harry has shown his support for the Jubilee Time Capsule by submitting three memories to the project.

Prince Harry’s entries joins more than 62,000 other items -including a submission from his cousin Princess Eugenie – already contributed to the JTC from people of all ages around the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s grandson’s entries are reflections on his first solo overseas tour, officially
representing “my grandmother” during Her Diamond Jubilee year.

The Prince says he is “very sad to leave” Belize, says he has “totally fallen for Jamaica and its people”, and says he “loved every second” of his time in the Bahamas.

To see these personal letters of thanks to The Governors General of Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas, click here.

Launching the JTC Gallery – have you cast your vote?!

Jubilee Time Capsule Gallery

JTC Gallery

At the start of April we launched the JTC Gallery, enabling the public to really get the most out of JTC content, and allowing them to vote on their favourites entries.  

Designed by our technology partner Capsool, the Jubilee Time Capsule (JTC) Gallery is set across a number of virtual levels and allows the public to visit the different decades of The Queen’s reign, taking in thematic collections submitted by users.

As well as exploring content in a visually stimulating way, the public can now ‘like’ their favourite entries. The 60 most popular entries will form the People’s Choice collection, which alongside the Diamond (re)Collection will be presented to The Queen later in 2012.

These exciting developments let users tell us what their favourite stories from the past 60 years are, and shape what content will make it to Buckingham Palace at the end of the year.

For more JTC updates, or to share your JTC story, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

BBC School Report at Westminster Abbey

School Report

Commonwealth Day Observance School Report Team

Four young BBC School Reporters from Ponteland Middle School in Newcastle were given the exciting opportunity to report on this year’s Commonwealth Day Observance.

Amaani, Amber, Fatima and Hana interviewed a range of guests inside the Abbey, including lucky JTC school winners, flag bearers and even the Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright! 

Click here to view the Report.

December is Celebration Month in the JTC

For the month of December we’re going to be focussing on ‘celebrations’ in the Jubilee Time Capsule.  We’ll be showcasing entries we’ve already received and asking for your celebration stories!

Do you remember celebrating a special birthday?  Have you celebrated a national day?  Been involved in a Carnival?  Or celebrated a religious festival?

Do you remember celebrating the year 2000?  What about HM The Queen’s Silver or Golden Jubilee, or even Her Coronation? Do you have photos of your graduation?  Or have you attended a really fantastic wedding?

We want to develop our celebrations collection and we’re asking you to contribute your memories of celebrations to help us build a picture of how different occasions are celebrated across the Commonwealth.

Celebration entries already in the JTC include the Dean of Westminster talking about the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April 2011, Shruti Trivedi remembering celebrating Holi (the Hindu festival of colour) in India in March 2008 and photos from the Manchester Archives and Local Studies of the street parties held in June 1953 to celebrate HM The Queen’s Coronation.

What celebration will you remember for the JTC?

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 www.facebritain.org.uk