The items have been chosen by school children from Ysgol Nant y Coed, Ysgol Maelgwn, Ysgol Aberconwy and Ysgol y Creuddyn.
During a recent visit to the Visitor Centre near the site of the new office the school children had the opportunity to show First Minister Rhodri Morgan and Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones the items they had chosen.
The time capsule, which has been made from material recycled from an oil rig and comes from a Denbighshire company, will be buried in 2010 before the building opens. It will remain underground for fifty years.
First Minister Rhodri Morgan said: “It has been fascinating seeing the items chosen by the pupils. When this time capsule is unearthed in fifty years, the items will give a snapshot of what life was like in 2009.
“We have now had ten years of devolution and this time capsule won’t be opened until sixty years of devolution have passed. One can only imagine what changes will have taken place in that time, but the establishing of the office in Llandudno Junction shows the Welsh Assembly Government’s commitment to serve the people of North Wales will be just as strong in 2060 as it is now.”
Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said:
“The establishing of the new office here in Llandudno Junction will benefit both the Assembly Government and North Wales. It brings the Assembly Government closer to the communities it serves and it is fitting that local school children are involved in the project.”
Deputy Head at Aberconwy School Ann Bradshaw said:
“This has been a great opportunity for the children to get involved in something which will have positive implications on the area. They have been keen to get involved with the development from the start.”
Construction of the new office is due to be completed by spring 2010 with staff moving in over the summer. The building will also include a public access area, called Y Bont, where anyone will be able to come in, find out more about the Welsh Assembly Government, surf the web and enjoy a cup of coffee.
The time capsule is currently on display at the Welsh Assembly Government Visitor Centre, 2 Narrow Lane, Llandudno Junction. The centre is open for visitors between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.
19 November 2009