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GMMH’s time capsule at North View has been recorded by The International Time Capsule Society

A time capsule that was buried at the construction site of Manchester’s brand-new adult mental health inpatient unit, North View, has officially been recorded! 

GMMH was contacted by the International Time Capsule Society (ITCS), to ask whether we would like to use their free service to record our time capsule, buried at North View. 

ITCS advised that unfortunately most time capsules are lost or forgotten and as a result stories and history is lost with them. To prevent this, the ITCS maps and catalogues time capsules as a free public service - which is one of the library services offered to the time capsule community by the ITCS and is designed to build the historical record of time capsules and to ensure time capsules can be traced generations from now. 

 GMMH received an official certificate from The International Time Capsule Society, which reads, 

“Purpose: Contributing to the future, commemoration, or ceremony, capturing an event |  

In late 2024, the North View Development will replace Park House Mental Health Inpatient Unit at North Manchester General Hospital. To preserve the memory and legacy of Park House, that has been serving the community and providing care to adults of working age over many years, the project team have decided to mark this transition with a time capsule.” 

Image of Time Capsule Registration Certificate

North View is the £105.9 million state-of-the-art unit, run by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), that will replace the current Park House adult mental health inpatient unit on the North Manchester General Hospital site. 

The time capsule was created to preserve the history of Park House, and memories of the North Manchester area, before North View opens later this year. 

It contains contributions and memorabilia from Park House patients, staff, local schools and contractors, including: 

  • Winning submissions to the Time Capsule Worksheet Competition, made by pupils from schools in the North Manchester area, Abraham Moss Primary School, Northridge School and The King David High School 

  • Contributions and artwork from service users at Park House, 

  • Staff photos from wards at Park House, 

  • A document detailing the NMGH site history, 

  • Information about Park House and the existing buildings, 

  • Information about mental health services and care, 

  • North View design and construction images, 

  • A visual timeline of key milestones for North View, and a North View progress video, 

  • A photo of the IHP (building construction) team, 

  • Coins, 

  • A newspaper, 

  • Stamps. 


The time capsule was officially buried at a special ceremony on 7 May 2024 and was attended by teachers and pupils from schools in the North Manchester area, Park House patients and staff, The Chair of GMMH, Tony Warne, Chief Finance Director at GMMH, Suzanne Robinson, Chief Finance Director at GMMH, Suzanne Robinson, 

Also in attendance were the Leader of Manchester City Council, Councillor Bev Craig, Executive Member for Healthy Manchester and Adult Social Care, and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board at Manchester City Council, Councillor Thomas Frederick Robinson and NHS England’s Director and Head of Profession for Estates and Facilities, Simon Corben. 

After the ceremony, attendees were given a site tour of the North View building site, to see progress of the construction and ask any questions about the exciting new unit. 

The time capsule will be in place for as long as the building lasts, which we expect would be at least 50 years. 

Work on North View, a 150-bedroom specialist mental health inpatient unit, started in August 2022 with the new unit anticipated to be built and operational by 2024. To find out more about North View, including latest news and updates visit our dedicated webpage here

Read the full press release about the time capsule burial event on 7 May 2024 here

See North View May 2024 Time Capsule Certificate here


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