Cheeky Nando's menu placed in time capsule on Leeds Town Hall clock
It has been a stalwart of the Leeds skyline for more than 160 years, marking off some of the most important moments in the city’s history.
And now a new addition to the iconic Leeds Town Hall clock will capture a moment in the life of modern Leeds for future generations as the building’s landmark refurbishment reaches a new stage.
A group of young people working with Leeds Museums and Galleries have installed a time capsule on the imposing timepiece, more than 200ft above ground level.
The group, all aged 14-24, brought together a collection of objects which they feel encapsulate both their own personalities and the character of the city they live in, in 2019.
Included in the capsule was a ‘Leeds Owl’ artwork by Holly Lanforth, a display about teenage life during the 2010s, nine Lego Mini Figure avatars created by nine of the Preservative Party, a ‘Cheeky Nando’s’ menu, a mobile phone and a Refugee Education Training Advice Service (RETAS) cookery book donated by Maria Abdulaziz who move to Leeds from Syria and 2018.
Ellie Smith, 24, a committed vegan whose Lego avatar shows her holding an apple, said: “It’s as close to putting ourselves into the time capsule as we can get.”
Fellow curator Callum Rushworth, 20, added: “It feels interesting to be preserved in a time capsule, in a good way! I don’t really want to be a chicken nugget scientist, I just thought it would be funny for people in the future to read it!”
Opened by Queen Victoria back in 1858, Leeds Town hall is currently undergoing extensive improvement work, including the creation of exciting new events spaces and facilities.
The refurbishment includes new seating, two new bars, an event space for smaller events, more toilet facilities and a new interior decoration.
Matthew Sims, who works as head of arts, events and venues at Leeds City Council added: “It’s been 150 years since the first roof was first installed.
“And if it was another 150 years before work needed to be done again the world will be a very different place.”
Mr Sims said the project way a “fun way to engage young people with the ongoing development” of the town hall building, as well as informing historians of the future.