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Prototype of Preston Guild time capsule unveiled

28 August 2013

Chris Theobald

The UCLan creation ascended the Harris Flights as part of the city’s celebrations

Pic: From l-r Eric Fazackerley, Linda Dubrow-Marshall, Mayoress Joanne Afrin-Black, Mayor Councillor Veronica Afrin and UCLan’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Rod Dubrow-Marshall with the prototype on the Harris Flights.

A full size prototype of the Guild Time Capsule ascended the Harris Flights on Saturday and was installed as a temporary exhibition in the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

The four feet long by two feet wide prototype, designed and produced by students and staff at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), and supported by the Guild Link Charity, was received by the Mayor of Preston at the top of the Harris Flights steps.

The real Guild Time Capsule is still in production and will be buried in the Flag Market in the autumn (date to be announced) filled with memorabilia from Guild year – an appeal for items and for ideas as to what will be buried will be issued next month.

“The time capsule is a wonderful way to treasure the memories, fun, nostalgia and community spirit of Preston Guild.”

Mayor of Preston Councillor Veronica Afrin, said: “The time capsule is a wonderful way to treasure the memories, fun, nostalgia and community spirit of Preston Guild.

“In 2032 the next generation will be able to look back on the 2012 Guild and see what the Guild truly means to the people of Preston. We are delighted that the University has helped to design and prepare this time capsule, the prototype of which will now be proudly on display in the Harris Museum.”

Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall, UCLan Pro Vice-Chancellor, added: “UCLan is proud to have designed and to be producing the Guild time capsule for the City of Preston – many of our students and staff loved the Guild and we are delighted to be creating this living monument to a wonderful year that can be opened up and enjoyed again in 2032.”