Time capsule placed under shop

SNAPSHOT: Eco Frame & Mirror owners Robyn McIlroy and Graeme Patching hope their time capsule in the foundations of their new building will give future generations a glimpse of Christchurch in 2013.
SNAPSHOT: Eco Frame & Mirror owners Robyn McIlroy and Graeme Patching hope their time capsule in the foundations of their new building will give future generations a glimpse of Christchurch in 2013.

Coins, discount vouchers, photographs, and yesterday's news may become future generations' key to their past.

Eco Frame & Mirror shop owners Robyn McIlroy and Graeme Patching placed a time capsule in the foundations of their new building this week in the hope it might one day show future Cantabrians the realities of post-quake Christchurch.

Inside the capsule there are some coins, photos of all the staff, an iPhone case, and discount vouchers from the current sale at the shop.

"It's just been like a long, hard slog to get this far," Patching said.

"We wanted to record it after surviving the earthquake. We wanted to put something back."

The time capsule was encased in concrete in the foundations of what would become their new custom-built mirror and picture framing shop with a two-bedroom apartment above it.

"We also put in an iPhone backing case so people can see we used iPhones," McIlroy said.

"No-one wanted to put an actual iPhone in there."

Also included was the latest update from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, so future generations could see what progress Christchurch was making at this point in time.

Patching said a plaque would be placed outside the building to let people know that there was something in the foundations.

McIlroy hoped the artefacts would be able to show how different things were now compared to what they would be like in the future, particularly with how people ran their businesses.

However, she hoped never to see those artefacts again in her lifetime.

"Because that would mean this building's fallen down in another earthquake if they find it. I hope this building is going to be here for a long time."

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