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  • Tuesday 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
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  • Tuesday 10am - 4pm
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  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
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  • Tuesday 9.30am-5pm
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Time Capsules

Throughout the Union Chain Bridge project, the community, two local schools, and local partner organisations compiled the contents for two time capsules. After completing the Union Chain Bridge conservation works, one time capsule was buried on the Scottish side of the bridge and one on the English side.

The pair of time capsules contained a selection of materials including books, banners, school work, booklets, Christmas cards, and a pair of paper art boxes produced by local artist, Rosemary Everett.

Rosemary consulted members of the local community to gather memories of the bridge, hear stories of the River Tweed, and to converse about local village life the early 2020s. The artist book boxes that she kindly produced are the result of these consultations. They are an artistic response to the Union Chain Bridge, its history, and the surrounding landscape. The two boxes are filled with delicate paper books which are designed to be unpacked, reassembled, and then interlock together using fishing hooks.

A paper salmon, under construction, by local artist Rosemary Everett.

The aim of the Time Capsules project was to engage with the local community both sides of the border, to reflect on life in the early 2020s, and leave behind memories and stories of the Union Chain Bridge locality for future generations to uncover.

When the Union Chain Bridge was originally built, in 1820, a time capsule was placed at the site. Sadly, it has been lost, so all the information it included telling us what life was like 200 years ago is long gone.

However, inspired by the Georgians’ idea, and supported with generous funds from Berwick-upon-Tweed Preservation Trust, the local community have left their impression of local village life for the future, on both sides of the River Tweed.

One of Rosemary's artbooks featuring a heritage salmon-fishing photo.

Time Capsule Contents List:

BOOK ‘Samuel Brown and the Union Chain Bridge’ by Gordon Millar with a chapter on the Brown Lennox chainworks by Stephen K. Jones. ISBN: 978 1 5272 1616 7

BOOK ‘Spanning the Centuries: an anthology of essays reflecting on the influence and heritage of the Union Bridge’ edited by Roland Paxton. ISBN: 978 1 5272 6523 3

PAPER ART BOXES Two boxes of paper artworks, which interlock using fishing hooks, produced by artist Rosemary Everett.

SCHOOL WORK by Swinton Primary School and Norham First School.

BANNER ‘Union Chain Bridge Bicentenary’ printed by the Friends of the Union Chain Bridge in 2020.

BOOKLET ‘A View from the Bridge’ Friends of the Union Chain Bridge newsletter (Dec 2019).

CHRISTMAS CARD from the Friends of the Union Chain Bridge featuring a reproduction print of ‘Union Chain Bridge over the River Tweed’ by Alexander Nasmyth.

BOOKLET ‘A View from the Bridge’ Friends of the Union Chain Bridge newsletter (Summer 2022).

BOOKLET ‘Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Union Chain Bridge’ 200th anniversary programme.

LIST of the Friends of the Union Chain Bridge from its Incorporation (4th May 2015).

CONSITIUTION of the Friends of the Union Chain Bridge.

BOOKLET ‘A Service to Celebrate the Restoration of the Union Chain Bridge’ programme of service.

DOCUMENT information about Berwick-upon-Tweed Preservation Trust.

BOOKLET ‘Take and Make’ a collection of family activities inspired by the Union Chain Bridge restoration 2020-2023.

BOOKLET ‘Heritage Hero Award’ Union Chain Bridge children’s project booklet produced in 2021.

NEWSPAPER ‘Union Chain Bridge Art Project May-July 2022’ newspaper displaying children’s works created alongside artist Claire Beattie.

POSTCARDS a selection of four Union Chain Bridge postcards printed in 2020.

TOTE BAG ‘Union Chain Bridge Project’ blue cotton tote bag.