Preston goes back to the future with Guild time capsule

06 May 2014

Press Office

 UCLan product design student creates historic device

People of Preston are to put their hand on history with suggestions for items to be buried with the Guild time capsule.

Guild memories, Guild memorabilia or items from 2012 with particular significance for you, your family or the City as a whole will all be considered.

The Guild time capsule is modelled on Preston’s now grade II listed bus station and has been made at UCLan and designed by Mark Newton a student on the University’s Product Design Programme.

The Guild Link charity has been working with UCLan to finish the time capsule and hand it over to Preston City Council for future burial in Preston City Centre.

Professor Rod Dubrow Marshall, Chair of the Board of the Preston Guild Link Charity and now UCLan Visiting Fellow, welcomed the handover of the time capsule.


He said: “The Guild time capsule is a wonderful design that captures the spirit and history of the city. It is uniquely linked to Preston and when it is opened in 2032 its contents are sure to jog some wonderful memories of the last Guild and what the city meant to us at that time. We are now asking for people to come forward with suggestions for items to be included in the time capsule so that it fully reflects the cultural and sporting life of the city.



“The Guild time capsule is a wonderful design that captures the spirit and history of the city.”

“We will include many Guild related items such as the official Guild record and Guild memorabilia but we want people to add a personal touch too. Perhaps photos of themselves or their friends and family enjoying the Guild celebrations. Just think of the interest in 2032 when the time capsule is opened. Preston people in 2032 will want to know more about the Guild of 2012 and the people featured in the time capsule. A lot can happen in twenty years! This is a once in a lifetime chance to make history and we look forward to receiving suggestions and items.”

Councillor Veronica Afrin, Mayor of Preston, added: “On behalf of the people of Preston, I’m delighted to receive the Guild time capsule. It is a wonderful design and will be something to truly behold in 2032. The time capsule will be buried in September to mark the anniversary of Guild week. In the meantime, we want people to come forward with ideas and items to be included in the time capsule so that is a living treasure trove from 2012 and an inspiration to the people of the future of what Preston Guild is all about.”

Mark Newton, UCLan’s student designer of the capsule, said: “Producing something to safeguard the memories of the 2012 Guild was a unique opportunity and a real challenge but I’m really pleased with the finished product. Contributing to something of such cultural significance has been an amazing experience and I’d love to be here in Preston when the time capsule is revealed again in time for the next Preston Guild.”

To suggest items for the time capsule, please email or fill in our form on the Council’s website at