Henry Bloom Noble School Gift Time Capsule to Manx National Heritage  

– Posted on Friday 19th May 2023

Manx National Heritage are thrilled that Henry Bloom Noble School have chosen to gift a recently discovered time capsule to the National collection at the Manx Museum. Over 118 years old, the capsule was discovered by the team at Manx Demolition near the grounds of Henry Bloom Noble School, (formally the Demesne Road Board School).

Discovered sealed in wax and wrapped in lead, the time capsule was found beneath one of the school’s foundation stones. Thanks to the digitised newspaper collections on iMuseum, staff at Manx National Heritage could quickly reveal the contents of the unopened time capsule which were carefully documented in Mona’s Herald together with the foundation stone laying ceremony on 22 November 1905.

Rachel Ashley, Headteacher of Henry Bloom Noble School said:

“The staff and pupils at Henry Bloom Noble School were excited and surprised when we were told that the builders at the Ballacloan School site had found a time capsule from over 100 years ago.  We were delighted to be able to look at it and to find out from the old newspapers what was inside. It is in very good condition and we enjoyed talking about it in assembly. We are pleased to donate in to the Manx Museum so others can find out about it”.

Anthea Young-Education Officer for Manx National Heritage said:

“It was delightful to be met and so warmly welcomed by the children and staff of the existing Henry Bloom Noble School.  The children were very excited to share their fabulous thoughts about the discovery of this very unusual object in their school”.

For more than a century, Manx National Heritage has collected and cared for items which help us to tell the story of the Isle of Man and it’s people and are relevant to our visitors today.



Rachel Ashley, Headteacher and children of Henry Bloom Noble School with the 118 year old time capsule


Lynsey Clague BA (Hons) MCIPR

Communications Manager – Manx National Heritage

T: 01624 648032


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