In short, everyone! You don't need to be from a Commonwealth country to submit a memory to the capsule, but your content must be about a Commonwealth country or a world event that has impacted a Commonwealth country.
There are 54 Commonwealth countries:
Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji*, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Zambia.
Even though Zimbabwe left the Commonwealth in 2003 and Fiji is currently suspended, both of these countries have played an important part in the Commonwealth in the last 60 years, so if you are from there or want to submit content about these countries, please do so.
Similarly, although China is not a Commonwealth country, the Commonwealth and Hong Kong has a great deal of shared history and content about Hong Kong is welcomed.
Although Fiji is currently suspended from the Commonwealth, we still welcome your content.
We want to know about a day that is important to you from the last 60 years and why. Whether this is a birthday, a community event, a school memory, a holiday, a world event or something else entirely we want to know.
No. The Jubilee Time Capsule will be gifted to The Queen, but the content will be about the lives of the people in the Commonwealth and the events from the last 60 years that are important to them.
Entries should either be about life in a Commonwealth country or a world event that has impacted the Commonwealth.
You can choose any date that is important to you between Feb 6th 1952 and September 30th 2012.
Please read our terms of service for full details. Be sensible about the stuff you put in and make sure it is your own work or that you have permission to use it.
Contributions must be about an actual day and must not be fictitious.
All content submitted must be your own work, or work that you own the license for. Please do not use copyrighted material or plagiarise other people's work.
This means that you need to be very careful when using popular songs or pictures in your content.
For example, if you are creating a video think about composing your own music or using something that has a Creative Commons License. Creative Commons is an alternative to the usual copyright placed on music, pictures and other creative works and is much more flexible.
To contribute to the Jubilee Time Capsule you need to sign up on our homepage. To sign up you will need to enter your name, email address and date of birth and click "Go!".
You will then receive an activation email. Click on the activation link in this email, fill in your security question and you are ready to upload your memory.
We accept text, video, photo and audio content. However, you can't upload .doc or .pdf files; instead use the paste function in the text editor.
We accept the following file formats: png, jpg and gif for images and mov, wmv and avi for video.
When adding your content you'll see a "capture" button. Just click it and from there you can record a video or take a photo. Make sure you add all the details about the photo or video and don't click "Save" until the system tells you it's ok to, otherwise you might end up not saving your masterpiece.
Each contribution can have a maximum of 5 pieces of content in it and one of these must be a message telling us why you've added it.
Yes, we want the message to tell us why that particular day is important to you.
A tag is a label attached to something for information purposes and is used in browsing and searching. For example, if you enter a memory about the Royal Wedding you might tag it with the following words: Wedding, Royal, Prince William, Westminster Abbey. Then if somebody typed "Westminster Abbey" into the search box your entry would appear.
No, it's completely free.
We welcome offline contributions from communities that are struggling to get online. To send us your contributions in the post please take a look at the offline instructions.
You can download instructions on how to register and enter using an online platform here.
We moderate all entries to the capsule to make sure that nothing inappropriate is let in and to rate each entry. Please make sure your entry conforms to our Terms of Service.
Once your entry is approved it will be in the Jubilee Time Capsule and will appear on the timeline and universe for everyone to see.
Once approved the only way to change or delete your contribution is by logging in to your account and clicking the "Recover it" button.
Yes, there is no limit on the number of memories you can submit. You can pick as many days as you like and make as many contributions as you want on each day.
The last date on the timeline will be 30 September 2012, and the time capsule will close on that date.
After sealing the Jubilee Time Capsule will be used in many ways. It will become a permanent digital archive for people to learn about life in The Commonwealth and the very best content will be gifted to Her Majesty The Queen.
If you're a teacher or group leader and want to get your pupils or members involved in the Jubilee Time Capsule, please take a look at this page.
In most cases you're better off getting pupils to create their own accounts and work on their submissions, but you can also contribute on their behalf if you wish. If the children are under 13, then you will need to contribute for them. Full details are contained in the information pages.
Similarly, you may find that access to the Internet for your pupils or members is not very good – in which case you can send your contributions to the Royal Commonwealth Society by post.
Each month in the JTC is themed and we suggest ideas for entries based on that theme. E.g. Science, Technology and Environment month: when has a technological advancement made an impact on you? Check the homepage to explore the latest theme.
If you’re struggling for inspiration, here are some other ideas for entries:
Competition details will be announced on the website and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Diamond Jubilee is the 60th Anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II's reign and Headship of the Commonwealth. The last monarch to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.
Jubilee celebrations will take place across the Commonwealth throughout 2012. Celebrations will take place in the UK from the 2-6th June 2012.
The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) is an education charity with a wide portfolio of projects which seek to engage people, especially young people, in global affairs and develop their skills through a number of different schemes. We have run a series of pan-Commonwealth engagement projects in the past, including the largest ever public consultation on the future of the association, the Commonwealth Conversation: http://www.thecommonwealthconversation.org/
The charity also regularly conducts research into topics of international interest, from the trade benefits of being a Commonwealth member state to where are the best and worst countries within the association to be born a girl. These reports can be found here: http://www.thercs.org/society/research
The RCS has a strong relationship with schools, a branch network across the UK and the world, a Royal Charter and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as patron. See here for more on the society: www.thercs.org
For over a century, the RCS has communicated with schools, universities and young people to engage them in issues and to develop their skills in leadership, writing, film making, photography, advocacy, public speaking, political literacy, communication and volunteering. The vision of the RCS is to promote international understanding through our membership, educational programmes, events and publications, thereby helping to raise the profile and value of the modern Commonwealth.
Key to realising this vision is in the delivery of public benefit through an innovative and effective portfolio of projects and activities. These will focus particularly on broadening the horizons of young people in the UK and across the Commonwealth. Our core projects include the Young Commonwealth Competitions (in writing, film and photography), the Nkabom Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme and the Commonwealth Youth Summits. For more on our youth programmes see here: www.thercs.org/youth/
Capsool.com have built the Jubilee Time Capsule in partnership with the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Capsool have a built a unique 'future messaging' service where you can send time capsules to your friends or to the world. Instead of your message opening immediately like an email or tweet, you get choose when it is ready to be viewed and by whom.
It's pretty cool…but then we would say that, wouldn't we?
Just tell us who you want to send a message to, fill it with content, set an opening date on and we'll do the rest. The time capsules, or capsools, you create are stored on our timeline and virtual map until they are ready to open.
We also create social archives, like the Jubilee Time Capsule, that everyone can contribute to.
When you join the Jubilee Time Capsule, you also become a member of Capsool – we're putting the finishing touches to the site at the moment, but you can be sure as soon as we're ready to let you in, you'll be the first to know.
See you in the future?
Teachers - we've got loads of lesson plans and full details of how your class or school can contribute.
Pupils - get your school involved, it's easy...
We've got loads of stuff up for grabs for people and schools who contribute outstanding content.
We'll reveal more as the content starts to come in, but take a look at how the competitions will shape up and get your photos, videos and other content at the ready!
If your entry (or entries) is picked as the best of the day it will be placed in a special section of the capsule and could form part of a physical time capsule.
Need a little help? Take a look at our FAQs for any answers to your questions before sending us an email.
If you don't find what you're looking for then please contact us directly.