SOAS University of London

Mayors of Islington and Camden join SOAS to launch centenary celebrations with time capsule event

7 June 2016

SOAS University of London Director Baroness Valerie Amos was joined by the Mayor of Islington Councillor Kat Fletcher and the Mayor of Camden Councillor Nadia Shah to officially launch the School’s centenary celebrations with a time capsule event.

The time capsule event, which took place on 6 June, also celebrated the winning time-capsule entries submitted by London school pupils at Maria Fidelis Catholic School in Camden and Hammersmith Academy in Shepherds Bush.

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Left to right: Mayor of Camden Councillor Nadia Shah, Artora Mehmetaj and Anis Dobranja from Hammersmith Academy, Sumayyah Janan Rahman from Maria Fidelis Catholic School, Baroness Valerie Amos, Mayor of Islington Councillor Kat Fletcher.

First place went to Sumayyah Janan Rahman from Maria Fidelis Catholic School for her artistic interpretation of Rachel Platten’s song ‘Stand By You’.

Second place went to Anis Dobranja from Hammersmith Academy, who provided a vision of aquatic cities and the three-day week. Anis said: “By being a part of the SOAS time capsule event, it’ll be nice to go down as a part of its history.”

Third place winner Artora Mehmetaj also from Hammersmith Academy wrote about the advances of 3D printing. Artora said: “I entered this competition as I believe should all value how we are developing for the future. I really wanted to be a part of 100 years at SOAS.”

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The time capsule with students from Maria Fidelis Catholic School and SOAS staff

Baroness Amos spoke of the importance of SOAS in the modern world and the School’s unique role in challenging conventions and influencing global events. She paid tribute to over 100,000 students who have studied at SOAS in the last 100 years from Paul Robeson and Freya Stark in the 1920s and 1930s, to Zeinab Badawi and David Lammy MP more recently.

The time capsule contains items from the last 100 years of the School’s history. As well as the winning entries from the school pupils, items included a copy of SOAS’ Royal Charter from 1916, posters from the SOAS Students’ Union’s political demonstrations, floorplans of SOAS, leaflets from the Brunei gallery exhibition and a stone from the new Senate House North Block building.


The time capsule event marked 100 years since SOAS was founded in 1916 as the School of Oriental Studies and is the official launch of the School’s centenary celebrations. Further events will be held throughout the year.

To find out more, visit the SOAS Centenary pages.