1894 time capsule found by Scots bridge workers

The contents of a 121-year-old time capsule. A metal tin, about the size of a shoe box, contained a folded newspaper, a paper scroll and a bottle of what appears to be whisky. Picture: PA
The contents of a 121-year-old time capsule. A metal tin, about the size of a shoe box, contained a folded newspaper, a paper scroll and a bottle of what appears to be whisky. Picture: PA
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A BOTTLE of whisky is among the treasures contained in a 121-year-old time capsule unearthed by construction workers.

The capsule, a metal tin about the size of a shoe box, was found buried deep inside part of the Ruthven road bridge near Kingussie in the Cairngorms National Park.

The Ruthven Bridge at Kingussie as it was before contruction started on a replacement. Picture: Hemedia

The Ruthven Bridge at Kingussie as it was before contruction started on a replacement. Picture: Hemedia

It contained a folded newspaper dated September 22 1894 - when Queen Victoria was still on the throne - a paper scroll and a bottle of what appears to be whisky.

The artefacts, thought to have been placed in the bridge when it was constructed, have now been passed to the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, where staff are working to investigate and preserve the contents of the capsule.

It was uncovered last week by staff from construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall, who are working to replace the bridge for Highland Council in a £622,000 project.

Robert Ogg, the company’s area director for infrastructure, said: “It is fascinating to think these items have been sitting in the bridge’s structure for 121 years.

Jacob O'Sullivan, a curator from the Highland Folk Museum, is pictured with a bottle of whisky which was found in the time capsule. Picture: Hemedia

Jacob O'Sullivan, a curator from the Highland Folk Museum, is pictured with a bottle of whisky which was found in the time capsule. Picture: Hemedia

“The changes which have occurred since it was placed there are extraordinary. If you think that the bridge was being used by horses back then, it gives you a sense of the time which has passed.

“We have actually been working with Kingussie primary school to create our own time capsule which we hope will last as long.”

The single-track road bridge spans the river Spey, linking the B970 and surrounding communities to Kingussie and the trunk road network.

Work on the bridge is expected to be completed this autumn.

The contents of a new time capsule which is to be buried. Picture: Hemedia

The contents of a new time capsule which is to be buried. Picture: Hemedia