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Time Capsule at de Gruchy

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Rouge Bouillon pupils mark their place in history at de Gruchy


Pupils from Rouge Bouillon School made their mark on island history when they helped to bury a time capsule under de Gruchy’s new £15 million building and renovations.

On Thursday 26th January, the Rouge Bouillon students joined with teams from AC Mauger (part of Style Group) and de Gruchy, to bury the time capsule under the last slab of the old perfumery department.

The time capsule contained images of the future drawn by the pupils as well as information about the history of de Gruchy and Style Group. It also held details about the construction and renovation project and the project team.

“We don’t know when the time capsule will be opened but we’re sure that it will be very interesting to the people who find it,” said James Joseph, Managing Director of AC Mauger.

“Not only will they be able to see how the children at Rouge Bouillon School imagined the future and whether any of the scenarios have come to pass but they’ll also unearth information about the history of Jersey and the construction techniques used to complete the project.

“This combined renovation and new build project fuses Jersey history, in the shape of a 300 year old building, with the latest construction techniques that have been used to create this fantastic new building in St Helier.”

Importantly for Jersey, the completion of this project is a great display of confidence from one of the island’s largest retail venues.

“We’re delighted to be a part of this project,” said John Marquis Store Director of de Gruchy.

“de Gruchy dates back to 1810 and has a rich history on the island.  We are always keen to celebrate the island’s heritage and this project is a great way to encapsulate this.

“We hope that the new look of de Gruchy and the introduction of more brands and new services will not only encourage new customers into our store but also into St Helier. We’re looking forward to serving the island for many more decades to come.”

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