Sedgemoor schools make time capsules for Hinkley Point C pylons

Written by on August 4, 2021

CHILDREN from Sedgemoor schools have been making time capsules to put in the new T-pylons.

Woolavington Primary School, East Brent CofE Academy and East and West Huntspill Academy pupils presented their completed time capsules to National Grid engineers last month.

Twenty schools closest to the Hinkley Connection route are taking part in the project.

Chelsey Dover, Year 5 senior teacher and English leader at Woolavington Village Primary, said: “Some of the construction works are near to Woolavington so it’s been brilliant for the children to understand more about the T-pylons and why they are being built.

“Some pupils commented that they think the design looks really futuristic – it’s exciting for them to know their time capsule will go inside one of them!”

The capsules will be prepared to fit inside some of the 116 T-pylons along National Grid’s 57km Hinkley Connection route.

When completed in 2026, the route will connect energy from Hinkley Point C to six million homes and businesses.

The operational life of the 35m T-pylon is around 70-80 years.

The children are hoping whoever removes them will have a snapshot of what life for them was like in 2021.

Items in the capsules include lego figures, class photographs, video messages, school uniforms, plus Covid face masks and lateral flow tests.

Joanne Brayley, head of school at East Brent CofE Academy, added: “Our children loved getting involved, imagining what life might be like in 70 years’ time and deciding on what to share with future generations.

“Our children also loved learning about the new T-pylons and why we need them, as well as where energy is produced and how it gets to homes. I think we even have lots of budding engineers now.”

The new T-pylon is the first new design for a UK electricity pylon for almost a century.

The T-pylons take up less land thank traditional 400kV pylons.

James Goode, project director for National Grid’s Hinkley Connection Project, said: “The Hinkley Connection Project is not only vital infrastructure and a key part of the transition to net zero, but it will hopefully inspire the next generation of engineers too.

“We’re delighted the children have taken part in creating their own time capsules, it’s exciting to hear their views of how energy will change in their lifetime as we head towards a cleaner, greener future.”

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