1960s sport­ing life in uni time cap­sule

Whisky and copies of Ob­server found

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A time cap­sule con­tain­ing a host of relics has been found at the Stir­ling Uni­ver­sity cam­pus.

Among the trea­sure trove of finds were sport­ing relics, old pho­tographs and a bot­tle of whisky - all of which date back 50 years.

The cap­sule was sealed within the uni­ver­sity’s Gan­nochy Sports Pav­il­ion dur­ing its con­struc­tion in 1969, and was re­cov­ered dur­ing the on­go­ing re­de­vel­op­ment of the sports fa­cil­i­ties.

In­side the cas­ket were a bot­tle of Bell’s whisky, cricket, ten­nis and squash balls, a shut­tle­cock, and pho­tographs of whisky mag­nate Arthur Bell and uni­ver­sity per­son­al­i­ties.

There were also plans and el­e­va­tions of the build­ing, a copy of the 1970-71 prospec­tus, a se­lec­tion of cur­rency, and a 1969 exam pa­per, as well as copies of the Stir­ling Ob­server and the Glas­gow Her­ald.

Se­nior deputy prin­ci­pal Mal­colm MacLeod was joined by Olympian and Com­mon­wealth Games star Dun­can Scott, and the uni­ver­sity’s di­rec­tor of sport Cathy Gal­lagher, for the open­ing of the cap­sule.

Prof MacLeod said: “The con­tents of the cap­sule are in re­mark­ably good con­di­tion and pro­vide an in­trigu­ing snap­shot of cam­pus life in the early years of this uni­ver­sity, and Scot­land as a whole in the late 1960s.

“I am ex­cited by what the fu­ture holds for this uni­ver­sity, with the re­de­vel­op­ment of our sports fa­cil­i­ties – and the £21 mil­lion Cam­pus Cen­tral project – among the big­gest in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments since our foun­da­tion.”

The cap­sule was buried dur­ing a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the uni­ver­sity in 1969, per­formed by Wil­liam Far­quhar­son, chair­man of the Gan­nochy Trust.

Mr Far­quhar­son said dur­ing the cer­e­mony he hoped the sports pav­il­ion would be­come a land­mark of the city like the Wal­lace Mon­u­ment and Stir­ling Cas­tle.

Cathy Gal­lagher also re­vealed that the uni­ver­sity will add to the cap­sule be­fore it is again sealed within the new sports build­ing due to be com­pleted next sum­mer.

She said: “We are ex­tremely grate­ful to for­mer fa­cil­i­ties man­ager, Camp­bell Ch­ester­man, for in­form­ing the uni­ver­sity about the pres­ence of the time cap­sule.

“We will work with col­leagues from across the uni­ver­sity, in­clud­ing our ar­chiv­ist, to pre­serve the ex­ist­ing items in the time cap­sule – and add to the col­lec­tion – be­fore seal­ing it within the struc­ture of the new build­ing.”

The con­tents pro­vide an in­trigu­ing snap­shot of cam­pus life

Half-cen­tury found Cricket mem­o­ra­bilia was among the items

Record An Ob­server ar­ti­cle from when the time cap­sule was buried in 1969 Dis­cov­ery Ar­chiv­ist Karl Magee, Deb­bie Pre­ston, Colin Mc­Nally, Camp­bell Ch­ester­man, Pro­fes­sor Mal­colm MacLeod, Cathy Gal­lagher, Dun­can Scott, and Caitlin Or­mis­ton

Trove The cap­sule con­tained a se­lec­tion of relics in­clud­ing sport­ing mem­o­ra­bilia, a bot­tle of Bell’s whisky and old news­pa­pers

Press Copies of the Stir­ling Ob­server and Glas­gow Her­ald were dis­cov­ered in the cap­sule

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