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Time capsule buried in new Wakefield College Deeds Building

Thursday, 8 August, 2019

Principal Sam Wright signing a wall for future generations to uncover

Staff from the Executive Team of Wakefield College took a visit to Wakefield Council’s former Deeds Building this week to bury a ceremonial time capsule.

The College bought the former Registry of Deeds office from the Council in 2017 and is now refurbishing it to incorporate new facilities for students and staff.

The Deeds Building will open this September, and the building will be fully equipped with modern learning resources, training kitchens, large rehearsal spaces, a new commercial training restaurant and café.

The Registry of Deeds office formerly housed over seven million property deeds covering the years 1704 to 1970, along with a large collection of the National Coal Board's mining records.

As part of the ceremony, Principal Sam Wright and other Executive Team members left their signatures on a wall, along with a time capsule of college memorabilia and publications, before it was sealed off as part of the structural works taking place in the building.

Sam Wright said: “This is a complex project but one that excites us, as it will allow us to put in place modern teaching and learning facilities whilst at the same time preserving the legacy of an important historical building.”

Director of Estates, Jon Howard added: “The College is conscious of the original features the building has to offer, and we’re bringing these back to their former glory with grant support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 8 August, 2019

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