The time capsule is in excellent condition. Image Credit: Manchester Jewish Museum
The capsule, which dates back to 1873, was discovered by workers who had been carrying out renovation work.
Found with its wax seal still intact, the glass jar was found in the walls of the Manchester Jewish Museum which also happens to be the oldest surviving synagogue in the city.
The capsule, which was placed in the cornerstone of the building when it was being constructed, contains a number of old synagogue documents, newspapers and old coins.
"We were taking extra care to remove the plaque but never imagined we would find something as old as the building still intact," said site manager Adam Brown.
"It created a lot of excitement around the site. It was obvious a lot of time and effort had been spent placing the capsule all those years ago. To find it in perfect condition felt really rewarding."
It is hoped that the find will help to encourage people to visit the museum once it reopens.
"This timely discovery comes at an apt and symbolic period when millions of Jewish people around the world prepare for the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement, a reflective and thoughtful time of year when many observers look backwards as a means to move forwards," said museum chief executive Max Dunbar.
"We are thrilled and overwhelmed by its discovery and look forward to displaying it in the new museum next spring."
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