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Guild Time Capsule ready for burial

10 September 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

UCLan student’s design to become part of history

The Preston Guild Time Capsule designed by a University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate has been filled ahead of its burial.

It includes a letter from one Guild Mayor to the next, the official 2012 Guild Record, information about UCLan including the University’s Creative Community Group, clothing worn at the 2102 Guild processions, coins, CDs, photographs and scrap books.

The capsule was designed by UCLan product design graduate Mark Newton who won a competition to design it and took inspired from Preston bus station by placing ribs down the side of the container. The vessel was the focal point of a Preston community day where people could bring their own items to go into the time capsule and write their memories of the 2012 Preston Guild.

Mark commented: “I’ve designed the capsule with a laser edged city scape as I want people in 2032 to be able to relate to what Preston was like in 2012; technology has advanced so much in the last 20 years and it will jump forward again in the next 20 so I wanted to reflect this.

“It also features a Lancashire rose to keep in with tradition and show a symbol of pride and joy. We’re now ready for it to go into the ground and seal people’s memories from the last Preston Guild.”

Once sealed, the Time Capsule will briefly go on display in the Harris Museum and Art Gallery before being buried at a secret location.

"What a great opportunity for CCGUK UCLan students and community members to be part of the first Preston community day to be held in the city since the Guild celebrations of 2012."

Chairman of the Guild Link Charity and former UCLan Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall has been involved with the project since the beginning. He said: “It was partly my idea to have the Guild Time Capsule, it is an opportunity for us to put items in the capsule to tell people in 2032 what the Guild meant to us in 2012.”

Russell Hogarth, UCLan Honorary Fellow, community engagement ambassador and chair of the creative communities group UK (CCGUK) said it was an honour to have information about the CCGUK network included in the Time Capsule.

“What a great opportunity for CCGUK UCLan students and community members to be part of the first Preston community day to be held in the city since the Guild celebrations of 2012.”

Preston’s Mayor Nick Pomfret said: “This is an opportunity to capture some of the spirit of the 2012 Guild. Once the capsule is filled it will be locked and will remain unopened until the next Guild in 2032.”

View the photo album from the Preston City Community Day.

Time Capsule