Just a quick plug here for firstsite‘s latest project, The Colchester Capsule, as it finishes tomorrow and it’s a chance for anyone to get involved with a piece of art and a message to the future.

When it’s filled, the capsule will contain a variety of items that represent Colchester in 2010 and will then be buried as part of the landscaping work that’s about to begin around the firstsite building, where it will hopefully remain until 2100 when our 90-years-on descendants will get to see just what we put in there. Or, a 128-year-old me will be there reminiscing on how we in 2010 didn’t realise just how close we were to vastly expanding the human lifespan.

One of the things that will be going in the capsule is a specially commissioned poem from Martin Newell about the history of Colchester, which he read in public for the first time last night. Unfortunately, I don’t have perfect recall of it, so can’t quote it all here, but you shouldn’t have to wait 90 years to read it, as I’ve been promised it’ll turn up on firstsite’s website very soon.

Update: The deadline for the capsule has been extended to Saturday October 16th, so you can still contribute articles for it until then.