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Time capsule celebrates Booth Lane site

A time capsule to celebrate Northampton College’s 36 year-old site at Booth Lane has been buried in the foundations of its new state-of-the-art building.

A time capsule to celebrate Northampton College’s 36 year-old site at Booth Lane has been buried in the foundations of its new state-of-the-art building.

The steel container includes photographs of the College in 2009, drawings by children in the College nursery, promotional material, dated industry journals, course materials and other notable items to mark the year the new building’s foundations were laid. The capsule was buried by Len Closs, Principal under the area where the impressive new cafeteria will eventually be located, facing the corner of St Gregory’s Road and Booth Lane. It is due to be opened 50 years from now in 2059.

Kathy Morgan, Programme Manager for Beauty & Associated Therapies came up with the idea and took part in the mini burial ceremony. She said, ‘It all started as a bit of fun to commemorate the College as it currently stands. It’s exciting to think that someone might open the capsule in years to come and be able to see what life was like at the College in 2009. I am sure things will have moved on considerably by then. I’ll be over one hundred years old for a start!’

Since building work began in April this year, noticeable changes have taken place at the substantial Booth Lane site. By September, in time for the new term, all Phase 1 demolition and levelling work will have been completed and foundations laid. Construction is due to begin at the end of October.