1960s sporting life in uni time capsule
Whisky and copies of Observer found
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