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.

Guest Post by Maail Afaal

Maail is a Year 10 student from Cambridgeshire currently completing two weeks work experience with the Royal Commonwealth Society. In this blog post Maail shares his thoughts on the Jubilee Time Capsule and three of his favourite entries. 

I think the JTC project is a very inspirational project being carried out by the Royal Commonwealth Society and National Express because it show the countless memories and experiences we have treasure throughout the sixty years of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In addition to this I believe this project explores countless different stories which has helped structure the states of the Commonwealth and the two billion people who populate its countries. Furthermore I view the JTC as a flagship and a legacy of the Diamond Jubilee and the years of contribution the people of the Commonwealth have shown to The Queen.

In the JTC the three entries that really stood out to me were…

Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary A Tribute – by Ruth Kezia Hope Muthu (Malaysia)

The Queen

Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary – A Tribute – by Ruth Keiza Hope Muthu

What made me choose this piece as one of my favourites from the JTC was that it was unique and the text expressed a sentimental view towards The Queen. In this entry Ruth has created a tribute for Her Majesty the queen.

Ruth quotes Who can find a virtuous women? For her price is far above rubiesand afterwards writes “Something special made especially for a special person”. This showed me that people still see the glorious reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and they value the time and commitment she has shown to us over the past sixty years.

 The Day I Met My Hero – by Mohammed Haaish (Maldives)

The Former President of Maldives

The Day I Met My Hero – by Mohammed Haaish

I chose this piece because I am from the Maldives and because I too find the former president Mohammed Nasheed, who previously campaigned for human rights in the Maldives, an iconic figure.

Furthermore I believe this post on the JTC shows just how many driven individuals have made a change to countries and other areas within the Commonwealth in the past sixty years.

Independence of a Nation – by Nicholas Lee (Singapore)

Singapore Independence

Independence of a Nation – by Nicholas Lee

The final piece I have chosen shows the independence of Singapore in 1955 as they first held their general elections. This piece shows one view of the independence of Singapore.

Furthermore it shows that although they received independence from the British Empire they still show acknowledgement of their country’s roots and how the treaty signed by them with the British in the 19th century had eventually brought the country to its current stature.

Something I would post:

If I were to write an entry for the JTC it would be about the day Maldives was introduced to democracy, because until four years ago we were under dictatorship and we weren’t able to address our own political views.

Moreover when we received the opportunity to express our political views and the power to vote I saw the nation unite and speak as one and seize political corruption.

All in all I think the JTC will be, when completed, a project which will reserve a diverse collection of memories of the people of the Commonwealth.

Burning Blue: Diamond Jubilee pound-a-pixel charity challenge

Burning Blue: Diamond Jubilee pound-a-pixel charity challenge

A recent JTC entry by Caroline Barnard brought the Burning Blue pound-a-pixel charity challenge to our attention.

Caroline’s JTC entry ‘The Queen’s Household in Kenya’ is dated 7th February 1952 and is about the journey made by her late father, an RAF pilot, to Kenya to bring the Royal Household back to the UK following the death of King George VI.

Caroline’s father was a member of the XXIV Squadron, which was called ‘the Commonwealth Squadron’ at the time and often got assigned VIP flights.

The entry includes an image of the log book recording the details of the flight. Caroline explains in her entry that they are selling the image of the log book, pixel by pixel, to raise money for charity. Once the sale is complete the ownership of the log book will transfer to the RAF Museum.

The money raised by the pixel sale will go to the World Food Programme, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Force Museum and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

To find out more about the Burning Blue project click here and to buy a pixel click here.

What is the Jubilee Time Capsule?

The Jubilee Time Capsule team has produced a brand new video that explains what the Jubilee Time Capsule is and how you can contribute.

As the video says we want your help in building this exciting people’s history of the last 60 years; no story is too big or too small.  From a memory of a family wedding to a recollection of the changing of flags at your country’s independence day ceremony; we want to hear about the memories that are important to you. 

Your story is our history, so share your memories and help us to build a picture of the modern Commonwealth!

To find out more visit the Jubilee Time Capsule website.

Special thanks to the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra for kindly providing the music for the video.