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Time capsule marks celebrations of 125 years of Bucks New University


Letters, samples of work and memorabilia have been buried in a time capsule during a ceremony bringing an end to Buckinghamshire New University’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Rebecca Bunting lowered the final concrete over the capsule and unveiled a commemorative plaque in the wild flower garden at the University’s campus in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe.

The plaque includes a quote from South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’.

Professor Bunting said: “We buried this time capsule containing reminders of student life, our campuses, activities, and research endeavours to give future students a taste of Bucks New University in 2017. This has bought to an end a very busy year celebrating 125 years of providing education in High Wycombe.

“I hope that when this capsule is opened on our 200th anniversary that our commitment to student success and widening participation has continued, and that generations of students will have benefited from the employment and skills-based teaching and research that is the foundation of our University today.”

Items for the capsule have been collected throughout the year, including samples of work from students, programmes and brochures, photographs, porcelain from Missenden Abbey, newspapers and letters to future students.

Bucks New University started as a Science and Art School in the 1890s in Frogmoor, High Wycombe, and has been through 11 name changes since, including High Wycombe College of Technology and Art, Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education and Buckinghamshire College. The University operates from four locations: High Wycombe, Uxbridge, Aylesbury and Great Missenden.

The University’s 125th anniversary celebrations have also included a reception at the House of Commons with guests including High Wycombe MP Steve Baker, as well as a short film featuring photos from the last 125 years. It was put together with help from the Bucks Free Press archives, High Wycombe Society and High Wycombe Library.