When was the capsule hidden?
In order to date the items, the Museum team went to the archives to learn when last were works carried out on these columns. Our own records indicated there were works in this area in the early 1890s, under the stewardship of curator James Wild. Of course, one of the items offered a research opportunity for precisely corroborating this date – when did a single trip from South Kensington on the District Line cost 3d?
We got in touch with our friends at the London Transport Museum, who were happy to help. The ticket is a type known as a ‘scheme ticket’, which shows all possible bookings for the 3d journey from South Kensington. It’s likely our mysterious carpenter travelled to Temple on the District Line and walked to the Museum.
The LT Museum experts confirmed that this style of ticket came in to use from 1927 and lasted until the formation of the Board – London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB), a forerunner of TFL – in 1933. From the specific details of the ticket, they believe that it dates from 1928 or possibly 1929 – well after our initial guess of the 1890s.