College Hall’s history preserved in time capsule

Posted by er134 at Sep 24, 2013 11:30 AM |
The University of Leicester’s new College Court conference venue will commemorate the site’s history as a hall of residence with the burial of a time capsule on Tuesday, 1 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 24 September 2013

Notes, relics and memorabilia commemorating a former University of Leicester hall of residence will be buried in a time capsule at the site.

The time capsule will be buried at the Grade II listed College Hall buildings on Knighton Road to celebrate the site’s 40 year history - and mark its transition into a state-of-the-art conference venue.

Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University, and Steve Crawford, Centre Director, will bury the capsule at the opening of the University’s new College Court conference venue on Tuesday, 1 October.

The capsule will contain a range of objects recovered from the former student halls during the £17.5 million redevelopment - including postcards, beer mats and an Action Man from the 1960s.

It will also include notes from staff recounting their experiences of the building.

A plaque will be placed above the capsule, with instructions for the box to be opened after 50 years.

October 1 will mark the first day of business for the new centre - with bookings on the calendar all the way up to December 2015.

The development will update the existing College Hall site, which was originally designed by renowned architects Sir Leslie Martin and Trevor Dannatt in the 1960s.

Up to 160 guests will be able to stay in stylish bedrooms with balconies overlooking the venue’s elegant courtyards and the University’s Attenborough Arboretum.

The development will also house 18 conference rooms, 123 en suite bedrooms, restaurant, bar, private dining room and garden lounge.

The Grade II listed buildings, located near Queen’s Road, have been out of use for around seven years and the team at College Court are looking forward to reopening and welcoming their first guests.

Charlotte Sanders, Business Development Manager said: “We wanted to celebrate the history behind College Court as it begins a new journey and feel that the time capsule will offer the chance to capture some lost treasures.

“The opportunity to bury these items that could have been lost under old floorboards and behind walls is wonderful and we look forward to rediscovering the items in 2063 when the time capsule will be reopened.”

Steve Crawford, Centre Director said: “To celebrate and commemorate the next phase in the life of College Court, we have captured items from its days as College Hall while at the same time providing information on the recent development, both in terms of the extensive build and the new customers that we are bringing to the city.”

Anyone with any personal memories or items they feel should be documented is invited to email: info@collegecourt.co.uk

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Notes to Editors:

Steve Crawford, College Court Conference Centre Director can be contacted at: sfc15@le.ac.uk

Charlotte Sanders, Business Development Manager, can be contacted at: cs591@le.ac.uk

For more information, please visit: www.collegecourt.co.uk

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