University buries the past for the future at Bucks


Date: 15th Sep 2017

Letters, samples of work, and memorabilia were buried in a time capsule during a ceremony on Thursday (14 September) - bringing an end to Bucks New University’s 125th anniversary.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Rebecca Bunting lowered the final concrete over the capsule and unveiled the commemorative plaque in the wild flower garden at the High Wycombe Campus on Queen Alexandra Road.

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, in Great Missenden, 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 Missenden.

We have also produced a short film featuring photos from the last 125 years with help from Bucks Free Press archives, High Wycombe Society and High Wycombe Library.

Picture captions:

  1. Vice-Chancellor Professor Rebecca Bunting and Bucks Students’ Union President Ben Parmar with items from the time capsule.
  2. Some of the time capsule’s paper items from 2017, including observational charts and ALERT (Acute Life-Threatening Events Recognition and Treatment) from our nursing courses.


  • Our University
  • Our Staff
  • Our Students
  • Our Alumni
  • Business & Management
  • Creative Arts & Design
  • Cyber Security & Computing
  • Film, Media & Performance
  • Healthcare, Social Work & Education
  • Music & Events Management
  • Policing, Criminology & Law
  • Psychology
  • Research