The London 2012 Olympics Close With A Party!

Closing Ceremony London 2012

Fireworks light up the Olympic Stadium and close out the London 2012 Olympic Games

17 days of London 2012 Olympic events closed yesterday with a celebration of British pop music through the past several decades. From the Spice Girls to Annie Lennox to a video tribute to John Lennon, a wide variety of music genres and legends were honoured during the celebration. The pageantry and showmanship were undeniably British and will surely not be forgotten. Looking back we tried to come up with some of our favourite memories of these Olympics and after some debate here are just a few of the moments we came up with:

Chad Le Clos of South Africa beating Michael Phelps in the 200m Butterfly by .05 seconds!

Kirani James taking home Grenada’s first EVER Olympic medal – which just happened to be gold in the Men’s 400m.

Stephen Kiprotich winning the Men’s Marathon and Uganda’s first gold medal since 1972!

The Canadian Women’s Football Team coming back from a heartbreaking defeat in the semi-finals to win a historic bronze medal.

Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar became the first Indian athlete to take home a medal in successive games!

Sally Pearson reacted fantastically to winning gold for Australia in the women’s Hurdles and her celebration was a defining image of the Games.

These are just a few of the moments we loved from London 2012 but there were so many more to choose from!

While we’re disappointed that the Games are over, we are definitely looking forward to the Paralympic Games in a few weeks time! In the meantime, we would love to see your best memories from London 2012! What events had you on the edge of your seat? Did any winners surprise you? Tell us about your favourite Olympic memories on the Jubilee Time Capsule!


The Archbishop of York, Most Rev. Dr. John Sentamu shares his special memory on the JTC!

Dr. John Sentamu launches the Archbishop of York Trust

Dr. John Sentamu launches the Archbishop of York Trust in 2009.

We are thrilled to have received an entry from The Right Honourable & Most Reverend Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York! The Archbishop submitted his special memory about the day he launched the Archbishop of York Trust in 2009. The Trust works to recognise the achievements of young people who have a positive impact on their communities. Dr. Sentamu remembers one particular from Leeds who was making a difference in her community.

We were inspired by the story and would love to be inspired by YOUR stories as well! Please share them with us on the Jubilee Time Capsule!

Browse JTC content on our brand new iPad app!

We are very excited to announce that you can now browse Jubilee Time Capsule content on our brand new iPad app.

The Jubilee Time Capsule is growing at a tremendous rate, it currently has over 14,000 items to explore from nearly 5,000 people in 37 different countries.  There are entries from people of all ages, nationalities, and cultures telling stories about world events, local communities and family life.

The Jubilee Time Capsule iPad app is a new and exciting way to discover all this content!

The app displays content in a collage view and supports the same media (video, audio, images and text) as the website.  You can browse the entries, or search for specific people, places and topics.  You can then view entries on a similar topic by using the keyword function.

If you happen to be struck by inspiration whilst browsing entries you can go directly to where you can upload your own story.

We want people to be able to explore JTC content on the move and to show it to the people around them.  Whether it’s a video of the Dean of Westminster talking about the Royal Wedding or an account of Christmas in Uganda in 1953, why not download the JTC iPad app and see what you can discover!

You can download the app for free at:

East Africa drought crisis

East Africa is facing its worst drought in 60 years.  Two failed rainy seasons have led to parts of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda facing their driest year since 1951.  The combination of drought and high food prices has left 10 million people needing help.

It is estimated that around 2.5 million people require aid in Somalia, 3.2 million require assistance in Ethiopia, 600,000 in Uganda, 120,000 in Djibouti and 3.5 million people require humanitarian aid in Kenya.

Around 1,300 Somalis a day are crossing the Kenyan border to join the Dadaab refugee camp.  The camp is already the largest in the world with 350,000 residents.

In the UK a group of humanitarian agencies have launched a joint appeal to help the 10 million people affected by the drought.  A coalition of agencies in Canada have also launched a similar appeal.

The UK Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) will broadcast a televised appeal on Friday to try to raise support for the millions affected by the draught.  To visit the Disasters Emergency Committee website please click here.