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MemoirtureBy Memoirture
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MemoirtureBy Memoirture
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About

Join Us!

No, we are not a voice from within the woods by the cabin where five teenagers go for an ill-fated week end. We are inviting you on a historical voyage through time into the next millennium where we can all communicate our thoughts and lives across centuries into a future generation through the Unified Time Capsule which will be opened in the year 3000.

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El video de arriba está disponible con subtítulos en español en YouTube.

What is so special about the Unified Time Capsule?

This is a Time Capsule by the People for the People…

  • Your texts/memoirs after posting it in the Unified Time Capsule section on Memoirture.com will be transferred into manuscripts made from parchment, this is a medium which has been proven to last longer than 1,000 years.
  • Each page will be hand written by a calligrapher using Indian ink which stems from one of the oldest and most durable pigments of all time: carbon black.
  • The bindings will be hand-stitched and bound with the finest English calf vellum, a proven technique to easily last the required duration.
  • This will be an excellent opportunity for various artists to preserve their music and legacy into the next millennium by providing their metallic records to be stored in the Time Capsule.
  • Your voice messages after posting it in the Unified Time Capsule section on Memoirture.com will be transferred into metallic audio records, a medium which has been proven to last longer than thousand years. Metallic audio records will also contain voice messages from people around the world discussing their life stories.
  • Inside the Time Capsule, we will be providing a hand cranked nickel plated gramophone to play the records.
  • The Unified Time Capsule will be made from solid stainless steel.
  • The section containing the metallic audio records and the hand cranked nickel plated gramophone will be purged with the inert gas argon before sealing it, to further prevent possible decay.
  • The interior of the Unified Time Capsule will include a high-performance heat shield material to guarantee that the final welding will not damage the contents.
  • The capsule will be buried in England, several feet below ground within a concrete enclosure to prevent theft. Above the ground, a granite monument will be installed.
The specialists behind the project
The specialists behind the project

This is a one of a kind Time Capsule

The Unified Time capsule will contain texts and memoirs from around the world that are hand written by a calligrapher on parchment which will be opened in the next millennium.

People’s stories from around the world and musicians’ songs will be recorded on metallic records to be heard in a thousand years time.

How did you get this idea?

Every Life tells a story…

In “Ancient Lives”, John Romer describes how the Oxford Egyptologist Jaroslav Černý focused his lifelong study on the little village Deir el-Medina, which is hidden in the hills west of Thebes. This village was where all the tomb builders and artisans who built the Valley of the Kings lived.

Jaroslav Černý knew each villager by name, occupation and how they lived!

Today, we know more about this village than any modern village thanks to millions of texts written by these people. For example: the self-made scribe Ramoza proudly announced his appointment as a scribe to work on the King’s tomb on September 13th, 1275 BCE. Ramoza had stepped up the social ladder, his father was a messenger. His inscription can still be seen. Through his and other villagers’ accounts we know more about these ancient people who lived three thousand years ago than we know about most people from the last century.

Why the Time Capsule?

With the rise of modern tech, we have all become increasingly aware of our throwaway society, where most things do not last, from photos fading to the death of the floppy disc.

What will last is a Time Capsule, Your slice in time.

In 2011, after battling with cancer, my mother passed away. I wanted to keep at least some part of her life alive, so someone will know such a person existed, loved, lived and finally died.

You too may know someone who had battled cancer, Alzheimer or suffered from other fatal illnesses.

To this aim we developed our concept for the Unified Time Capsule. It grew from wanting the memory of my mother to survive into an overwhelming desire to invite people from around the world to share their texts/stories and audio records.

What is the meaning behind the name Unified Time Capsule?

Our goal is to be able to represent people around the world to provide a better understanding of the early part of 21st century. Therefore, it is called the Unified Time Capsule.

How do you store data for a thousand years and then retrieve it?

There are no data storage and retrieval devices that can last for centuries, let alone a thousand years. The several technologies which have been created with this longevity are either not available commercially or exist only in prototypes. We are back to using ancient and proven methods as far as data storage goes… the parchment.

As for the Metallic Records, we will be providing a hand cranked nickel plated gramophone to play the records.

How will the Time Capsule be built?

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Where will the Time Capsule be buried?

We have acquired planning permission to bury the Time Capsule in the South West England in the rural country side. We chose the rural setting because historically, during wars and terrorist attacks, cities and historic sites have been targeted.

How do I know when the Time Capsule will be buried?

There will be a Time Capsule burial ceremony which will be announced on Kickstarter, to which all our Kickstarter participants are most welcome. We invite anyone who can attend, to be at the ceremony. The press will be present and the entire burial ceremony will be videotaped; from inserting the contents into the Time Capsule, to wielding it shut, to the burial ceremony which we will post on Kickstarter.

Why should I care if I am remembered in a thousand years’ time?

Do we want to be erased from history, to be forgotten by time, leaving no trace of our existence? Our response is no! We want to be remembered!

The Doomsday Book is considered to be England’s oldest public record which had survived over 900 years providing great insight into the time period soon after the Norman Conquest of England.

Through the Unified Time Capsule you can preserve your legacy far into the future. You will be helping those in the future to understand the world we live in today. You will be part of the 21st century’s history for those who discover you in the year 3000.

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Production Time Line

The Kickstarter campaign is from March 5th 2014 to April 9th 2014.

On April 24th 2014 the parchment and vellum making process begins and will be completed by November 24th 2014.

Once we reach our goal, you will receive a code by E-mail to enter your texts and or audio through the website Memoirture.com by May 24th 2014.

Your deadline to submit will be July 24th, 2014.

The artists who are submitting songs will receive a code by E-mail to enter your music through the website Memoirture.com by May 24th 2014.

Your deadline to submit will be July 24th, 2014.

The artists who are submitting Metallic Records will receive an E-mail with an address to ship the item by May 24th 2014.

Your Deadline to submit will be July 24th, 2014.

On July 28th 2014 the calligraphy begins.

By January 28th, 2015 the parchment manuscripts and the metallic records will be completed and received.

On March 25th, 2015 the Unified Time Capsule will be completed and sealed. This event will be filmed and posted on Kickstarter.

On March 27th 2015 the Unified Time Capsule will be buried during the ceremony. This event will be filmed and posted on Kickstarter.

On March 30th 2015 the granite stone will be installed above the Unified Time Capsule. This event will be filmed and posted on Kickstarter.

By April 10th 2015, £6 and above pledge level backers will be able to download the digitized manuscript(s) through the website memoirture.com.

How many people can we reach around the world?

This is where you come in.

We need your help

  • Your financial contribution though Kickstarter will make the Unified Time Capsule a reality.
  • Tell your family and friends about the Unified Time Capsule and ask them to share with others.
  • Use social media to tell your favorite singers or bands about the Unified Time Capsule. Tell them the songs or albums which you would love to see being preserved into the next millennium.

The funding from Kickstarter will be allocated in the following areas;

  • Creating the parchment paper.
  • Calligraphy
  • Hand stitching and binding with Calf Vellum.
  • Creation of the Metallic records
  • Creation of the Time Capsule.
  • Creation and carving of the Granite stone.
  • Burying the Time Capsule.

What if we raise more money than our original goal?

Fantastic!

This means more parchment manuscripts, more Metallic Records and a bigger Unified Time Capsule.

Any further funding will also help to reach a wider audience in other countries and territories to help make this a truly global Unified Time Capsule.

Risks and challenges

We have spent the last several months gathering a team of specialist in the different fields we need to successfully accomplish this project, from masters in the craft of vellum and parchment makers to manufacturers of industrial stainless steel products, to record manufacturers to historians. With each step, we carefully analyzed what was needed to safeguard written and audio information for thousands of years. With our combined knowledge and experiences our solution is The Unified Time Capsule.

We have set our production time table to smoothly handle the memoirs and audio coming from our Kickstarter campaign. Even if the challenge presents itself, for example we need a huge number of books or metallic records made; we already have secured the necessary talent to achieve our goals on time.

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    Pledge £2 or more About $2.59

    You believe in the cause.

    You will get our eternal Gratitude.

    You get to write your first and last name, and country. You will be listed in the manuscript(s) as contributors who made the manuscript(s) and the Unified Time Capsule possible.

    This level also gives you access to the project photos, videos and updates of the manuscript(s), time capsule and the granite monument are being created and launched.

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    Pledge £6 or more About $8

    Help make the Unified Time Capsule become the coolest time capsule yet.
    You get up to 10 words to write. Your first and last name and your 8 word message.

    This level also gives you access to the project photos, videos and updates of the manuscript, time capsule and the granite monument are being created and launched.

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    You get up to 25 words to write. Your first and last name and your 23 word message.
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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    This level gives you one minute of recording time to be included in the metallic record. A rare opportunity for those who like their voice to be heard in the year three thousand.
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    You get to write a 50 word memoir. Your first and last name and your 48 word message.
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    You get to write a 75 word memoir. Your first and last name and your 73 word message.
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    This level gives you two minutes of recording time to be included in the metallic record. A rare opportunity for those who like their voice or their music to be heard in the year three thousand.
    You also get to write your first and last name, country, plus a description of your audio message in 8 words. In total you get to write 11 words.
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    You get up to 100 words to write. Your first and last name and your 98 word message.
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    Pledge £75 or more About $97

    This level gives you three minutes of recording time to be included in the metallic record. A rare opportunity for those who like their voice or their music to be heard in the year three thousand.
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    You get up to 150 words to write. Your first and last name and your 148 word message. You will receive the Kickstarter backed exclusive digital manuscript(s) as a gift.

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    This level gives you four minutes of recording time to be included in the metallic record. A rare opportunity for those who like their voice or their music to be heard in the year three thousand.
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    You get up to 200 words to write. Your first and last name and your 198 word message.
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    Those who are providing their own metallic record will get to write their bands’ name, members names, the type of music and the track listing for a total of 50 words. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are artists to be able to preserve their music and legacy into the next millennium.
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    Pledge £300 or more About $389

    Those who are providing two of their own metallic records will get to write their bands’ name, members names, the type of music and the track listing for a total of 100 words. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are artists to be able to preserve their music and legacy into the next millennium. You will receive the Kickstarter backed exclusive digital manuscript(s) as a gift.

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    Those who are providing three of their own metallic records will get to write their bands’ name, members names, the type of music and the track listing for a total of 150 words. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are artists to be able to preserve their music and legacy into the next millennium. You will receive the Kickstarter backed exclusive digital manuscript(s) as a gift.

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    Pledge £600 or more About $777

    Those who are providing four of their own metallic records will get to write their bands’ name, members names, the type of music and the track listing for a total of 200 words. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are artists to be able to preserve their music and legacy into the next millennium. You will receive the Kickstarter backed exclusive digital manuscript(s) as a gift.

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    Those who are providing five of their own metallic records will get to write their bands’ name, members names, the type of music and the track listing for a total of 250 words. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are artists to be able to preserve their music and legacy into the next millennium. You will receive the Kickstarter backed exclusive digital manuscript(s) as a gift.

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    Those who are providing six of their own metallic records will get to write their bands’ name, members names, the type of music and the track listing for a total of 300 words. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are artists to be able to preserve their music and legacy into the next millennium. You will receive the Kickstarter backed exclusive digital manuscript(s) as a gift.

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