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1960’s time capsule found at Stirling University

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A time capsule from the 1960’s has been found at the University of Stirling.

Old photographs, sporting memorabilia and a bottle of whisky were discovered during the current 20 million pound redevelopment of the institution’s sports facilities.

The artifacts will be preserved, with additional items from this year added, before the capsule is sealed within the structure of the new building.

University swimming sensation Duncan Scott, who returned from last year’s Commonwealth Games with six medals and has since been crowned Scottish Sportsperson of the Year, said: “It’s a great time to be an athlete at the University of Stirling – especially with the redevelopment of the sports centre, which will see an iconic new complex integrated with the existing world-class facilities.

“It’s amazing to see the items contained within the time capsule, to look back at the creation of the Gannochy Sports Pavilion and think about the opportunities it has offered Stirling athletes, students, staff and the wider community over the past 50 years.”

Cathy Gallagher, Director of Sport at Stirling, revealed that the University will add to the time capsule before sealing it within the new building, which is due for completion in summer 2020.

She said: “We are extremely grateful to former Facilities Manager, Campbell Chesterman, for informing the University about the presence of the time capsule.

“Its contents provide a fascinating insight into the early years of the University and the creation of the Gannochy Sports Pavilion, which has – over the last 50 years – produced world-class sportspeople, from swimmers and triathletes, to golfers and tennis players.

“The £20 million redevelopment of the sports facilities is another significant milestone for the University, which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering an exceptional student experience at Stirling, and will ensure we will continue to produce top athletes in the years to come.

“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.”

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