Royal Liver Building time capsule is unveiled

A Royal Liver Building time capsule commemorates the historic year of 2020 and was unveiled by sports stars and the Lord Mayor at a ceremony this week

John Aldridge, Tony Bellew and Graeme Sharp with the Royal Liver capsule. Picture by Jason Roberts


A time capsule has been unveiled at Liverpool’s world-famous Royal Liver Building.

The capsule commemorates the historic year of 2020 and includes memorabilia from the Black Lives Matter movement, a copy of the Brexit Bill, commemoration of NHS work and support, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a vaccine vial and sporting memorabilia.

A Liverpool FC shirt signed by the Premier League winning team, a model of Everton FC’s proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, signed boxing gloves from Tony Bellew and a copy of the Liverpool ECHO from the day lockdown came into force on March 20 have also been added.

The capsule itself is a large model replica of the historic Royal Liver Building and will be on display to the public as part of the RLB360 attraction with immersive graphics and interesting signage surrounding it to inform visitors further about the items inside and their significance. 

It was officially opened on Tuesday by former world champion boxer Bellew, Liverpool FC legend John Aldridge and Everton FC legend Graeme Sharpe, with Lord Mayor Cllr Anna Rothery also present alongside representatives from the Liverpool ECHO.

Bellew said: “2020 is probably the most significant year in living memory for people. It was a time where we came together as a city and showed incredible spirit in the face of a really difficult pandemic which damaged the lives of so many at the same time.

“The RLB360 time capsule is Liverpool’s way of marking the historic year and it will be really important to look back on in the future with everything that has been included.

“Particularly for me the Black Lives Matter movement being remembered is so important and this will teach the children of tomorrow about all the mistakes that have been made and how we can learn from them and improve for the future.”

A host of famous faces contributed to the time capsule and made up the judging panel to decide what should be included after members of the public and schools also submitted their ideas.

They included Liverpool superstar Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall, RU Paul’s Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne, Everton’s chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale and Olympic gold medalist Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

The capsule will be permanently on display inside the landmark Royal Liverpool Building on Liverpool’s waterfront.

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