GWP supply BBC Timecapsule

GWP supply BBC Timecapsule

Peli Storm case buried at the centre of Wiltshire at celebration of the county

Having been approached by BBC Radio Wiltshire to help with providing a time capsule for their upcoming event, Corefest, GWP Group found the perfect solution!

GWP were asked to supply a case that could last for decades – being used as a time capsule as part of the stations Corefest event that took place on Sunday 6th July at Westfield Farm near Etchilhampton (the geographical centre of the county).

As such, GWP Group supplied one of the Peli Storm cases held in stock and sold through the online shop Cases UK. This case was chosen for a number of reasons, including being waterproof, extra tough and guaranteed for life.

Coverage on BBC Radio Wiltshire

Lee Stone, presenter of BBC Radio Wiltshire’s Drivetime show, came to GWP Group’s Cricklade offices to collect the time capsule on Monday morning, ready for the event itself on Sunday 6 July.

Lee discussed the benefits of using this type of case with GWP Group Business Development Director Ian Heskins, and Marketing Manager Matt Dobson, its use during the Walking with the Wounded challenge to reach the South Pole (an event Prince Harry took part in) and even the types of item that could be put in a time capsule.

The interview with Ian and Matt was featured on Ben Prater’s Breakfast show, see the link below to listen to the interview.

More about the Time Capsule

When the BBC approached GWP Group to discuss a solution for a time capsule there was really only one choice – the Peli Storm range! The final case chosen was the iM2620, one of the mid-sized cases in the range but one that is well suited to being used as a time-capsule.

The key reasons the case was chosen was its protection against water (being completely airtight), being crushproof, extra strong and being made for an ultra-tough HPX resin outer shell. This material will not rot, degrade or break down even if buried underground for many decades.

In fact, the case even comes with a full manufacturers lifetime guarantee.

GWP Group, and particularly the GWP Protective division, sell more Peli Storm cases than any other type of similar case. Offering them with bespoke foam inserts for added protection, they are also sold through the online shop, cases-uk.co.uk.

Burying the case

The time capsule was buried by Alex Lomax of BBC’s Allotment Challenge, who was assisted by the people of the county of Wiltshire.

BBC Radio Wiltshire with GWP Case

The buried case, containing a selection of items that listeners of the BBC Radio Wiltshire station have chosen to represent the county, now marks the spot widely believed to be the geographic core of the county.

Fittingly, an apple tree was planted alongside the spot where the case was buried, which was the highlight of yesterday’s Core Festival at Etchilhampton in Wiltshire.

The Corefest Event

The idea for the Corefest event, and creating a time capsule to represent Wiltshire, was the brainchild of BBC Radio Wiltshire presenter Ben Prater.

Ben was often hearing that the country of Wiltshire didn’t have a centre, so he embarked on a quest to find and to celebrate Wiltshire’s core.

We decided it would be fun to bury a time capsule full of memories and artefacts about Wiltshire in 2014. We knew we needed the capsule to be durable and to stand the test of time. I came across GWP’s cases when I covered a story about them being taken to the South Pole by Prince Harry and the Walking with the Wounded soldiers, so I knew the storm case would be perfect for this challenge.

Ben Prater | Radio Presenter, BBC Radio Wiltshire

Helping the local community

Ian Heskins, GWP’s Business Development Director was delighted to be able to help out with Ben’s request.

GWP Group is proud to be a Wiltshire-based business, with plants in both North and South Wiltshire, so we were really pleased to be involved with this and are confident that the artefacts will be safe inside the Peli Storm case. It has a resin outer shell, is IP67 rated against water and dust and is crush proof and impact resistant. I’m told the apple tree is likely to live for around 100 years and I’m confident that the time capsule case will last even longer!

Ian Heskins | Business Development Director | GWP Group

What else happened at the Corefest Event?

The Corefest festival proved to be a popular event, with many people from across the county attending. With the sun shining and lots for all ages to see and do, much fun and entertainment was had by all.

The event included a Wiltshire history display, pop up museum focusing on Wiltshire artefacts, ganderflanking, a Children in Need display (including Pudsey), a cake decorating contest, metal detecting, Wiltshire flag display, a memory board to take donations about Wiltshire, an apple peeling challenge, a football competition, lots to eat and drink and of course the burying of the GWP time capsule!

The event was covered live throughout the day on BBC Radio Wiltshire with all of the presenters in attendance, plus Time Teams Phil Harding as well. Besides this, live music was provided by a selection of Wiltshire’s best up and coming musical talents.

Find out more

For further information on the Peli Storm case that was used as the BBC time-capsule, please follow the link below.

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