The Guild Mayor, Councillor Carl Crompton, unveiled the design of the Preston Guild Time Capsule at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, on 31 December 2012.
The special ceremony, and probably the last act of the Guild Mayor in the Preston Guild year 2012 took place at the Harris Museum with Mr Crompton holding aloft a scale model of the capsule, as seen in the picture above. “You’ll not get much in this” quipped the Mayor. There will be a full sized version (approximately 4 feet long by 1 foot wide) on display early in the new year.
Made from titanium, the final version of the capsule will be eventually be buried just outside of the refurbished Cenotaph and will contain artefacts, records and mementos of the Preston Guild 2012, to be dug up at a ceremony to the mark the beginning of Preston Guild 2032.
The Guild Time Capsule was designed at UCLan by students and staff. 2nd Year Product Design student, Mark Newton spoke about the special project and described how a miniature prototype was developed by staff in the University’s School of Art Design and Performance and Rapid Prototyping Unit.
Mark explained that the design of the capsule was inspired by the iconic bus station in Preston, which explains the fins which run on both sides of the capsule. The capsule is to be opened at the end which has the guild logo on which would be laser etched on to the capsule as well as the city scape as the Lancashire rose and the University’s name and name of the designer.
Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Pro Vice-Chancellor at UCLan said: “The Guild Time Capsule carries inside it the memories and creativity of this generation as we look ahead to the next Guild. The Capsule will tell all who are here in 2032 what Preston Guild 2012 meant to us and why we were so proud of it and of our City back in 2012.”
Guild Mayor, Councillor Carl Crompton said: “This year has been absolutely fantastic for the city and one we can all be proud of.
“I am pleased that we are going to save some important pieces for the next Guild in 2032 and I would like to thank the students from UCLan who have done an excellent job designing the time capsule, which is fitting because of the large part that the university and its students played in making the Guild such a huge success.”
A public appeal for idea for artefacts, records and mementos to be put in the time capsule will be launched early in 2013. Details to follow soon.
The Guild Capsule is supported by the Guild Link Charity, established to support and facilitate events in the arts, sports and culture in the inter-Guild years that are inspired by the 2012 Guild and which can create important legacies for the people of Preston to enjoy over the next 20 years in the build up to the 2032 Guild.
The Guild Time Capsule is the one of the first projects which the Guild Link Charity is supporting as a way of creating a record of the 2012 Guild which can be revealed and enjoyed by participants of the 2032 Guild.
Also on display and shown in the photo slide show below were two previous Guild Time Capsules and their contents.
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