Time capsule from a town hall tower opened

Construction workers found a time capsule during work at the town hall tower in Bolesławiec in South-western Poland. Metal tubes containing 18th cent. artefacts were found between a wooden beam and a ceiling.

One of the documents found in the time capsule (by TVN24)
One of the documents found in the time capsule (by TVN24)

Among the finds in the capsule were documents (oldest dated to 1776), construction plans, and German newspapers. The documents suggest that the tubes were reopened during subsequent construction works at the tower and indicate that coins were also deposited within the tubes, but they were probably stolen at some point.

Content of the time capsule (by TVN24)
Content of the time capsule (by TVN24)

All the archives and museum collections in Bolesławiec burned during World War II, so the newly discovered documents are priceless as artefacts. The finds are deposited in the Museum of Ceramics in Bolesławiec and are said to be put on display once conservation works are done.

The opened time capsule (by TVN24)
The opened time capsule (by TVN24)

(after TVN24)

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