Meet the Diamond (re)Collection Panel

Today we will be presenting Her Majesty The Queen, Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Head of the Commonwealth with the sealed Jubilee Time Capsule.

Her Majesty will receive the Diamond (re)Collection (top 60 entries) at a special presentation event, attended by contributors and supporters.

Amongst the assembled guests will be the panel of judges that had the difficult job of selecting the top 60 entries. The panel made their selections following the sealing of the Capsule on 30th September and will be present to witness the Diamond (re)Collection’s unveiling today.

The following judges sat on the panel:

  • The Honourable Lady Jane Roberts LVO, Royal Librarian at the Royal Collection, Windsor.
  • Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Director-General of the Royal Photographic Society.
  • Mr Benedict Brogan, Deputy Editor at The Telegraph.
  • Ms Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Half of a Yellow Son and Purple Hibiscus, and Commonwealth Writer’s Prize winner in 2005.
  • Mr Dean Finch, Group Chief Executive of National Express Group PLC.
  • Mr Shehan Karunatilaka, author of Chinaman: the Legend of Pradeep Mathew which won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize.

Bootle pupil unveils his Jubilee Time Capsule entry on National Express coach

Pupils at All Saints Primary unveil the coach

Pupils from All Saints Primary School unveil the National Express JTC coach

All Saints Primary School –  a JTC SuperSchool – in Bootle, Liverpool, recently followed in the footsteps of St Ambrose Primary in Manchester, by spearheading the campaign for Liverpool residents to contribute to the Jubilee Time Capsule.

Ten year old Michael Larsen-Kennedy, a pupil at the school, unveiled a special Jubilee Time Capsule coach which had been decorated with excerpts of his entry. Michael’s entry is about his first visit to London, where he watched his cousin take part in the Changing of the Guards. You can see Michael’s entry here.

St Ambrose Primary School launches appeal for Manchester memories of Jubilee weekend


Marissa Jennings-Bryan

Marissa Jennings-Bryan unveils her Jubilee Time Capsule entry on a National Express coach

St Ambrose Primary School in Manchester recently appealed for Manchester residents to submit their memories of this weekend’s Diamond Jubilee festivities to the Jubilee Time Capsule.

Nine year old Marissa Jennings-Bryan fronted the appeal by unveiling her own submission to the Jubilee time Capsule on the side of a special National Express coach – one of three being unveiled across the North to support the Diamond Jubilee project.

Local history is an important aspect of the Jubilee Time Capsule, and with National Express’s help we’re calling on the Manchester public to make sure their city is represented in the project.

National Express Jump Aboard the Jubilee Time Capsule!

National Express coach decorated in JTC entries

National Express coach decorated in JTC entries

The Royal Commonwealth Society is delighted that the National Express Group has become an official partner of the Jubilee Time Capsule project. 

National Express will be inviting customers to submit their moving moments to the Jubilee Time Capsule, and supporting the RCS in encouraging people across the globe to submit  their memories. 

Dean Finch, Group Chief Executive of National Express, said: “I am delighted that National Express Group has become an official partner of the Royal Commonwealth Society’s Jubilee Time Capsule.

“This amazing project forms part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – offering everyone the chance to share their own moving moments from the past 60 years.

“As well as providing travel to the many Jubilee celebrations taking place around the UK this summer we will also be encouraging our customers to upload their own personal memories.” 

At a launch event held on Monday, the UK’s largest coach operator revealed a special JTC coach which features a selection of entries submitted to the project from across the UK. It will travel between London and Birmingham encouraging people to submit their memories from Her Majesty The Queen’s reign.