Latest News | 4 July 2024

Time capsule photography competition aims to capture best of Derby

Derby City Council
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Time is running out for photography enthusiasts to enter a competition run by Derby City Council to capture the best of the city.

The competition, called Life in Derby: 2024, is open to amateur photographers aged 16 and over, from anywhere in the UK.

Winning photographs, chosen by a panel of judges, will be placed in a time capsule to be buried within Derby’s historic Market Hall, offering a snapshot of our lives to future citizens.

Two time capsules, one thought to have been buried almost 160 years ago, were discovered during the refurbishment of the Market Hall.

Contractors working on the transformation of the Grade-II listed building uncovered two sealed glass containers behind a bronze memorial plaque, near the Guildhall entrance.

Their contents included several historic items, including the mayor’s seal from the 1860s, coins and newspapers.

Now a third time capsule is to be added to mark the current £35 million refurbishment, which is partly funded with £9.43 million from the Government’s Future High Streets Funding (FHSF).

Tammy Whitaker, director of city growth and vibrancy at Derby City Council, said: “Derby is an amazing city steeped in history – and we have a lot to be proud of.

“The goal of this competition is to document Derby in the 2020s for future citizens, capturing its diversity, its fantastic people and great spaces.

“We’d like entrants to think about what they’d want people in the future to know about our lives, our city, and our times.

“The theme is open to wide range of interpretations and each entrant can submit up to three pictures.

“You could capture a quirky local business, a familiar Derby face or landmark. a community event or a quiet moment showcasing everyday life.

“This is a perfect opportunity for residents and community groups to celebrate the people and places that have a positive impact on our city.”

Entries for the competition close on 16 July. For more information, including how to enter, visit .

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