Old college campuses often hold a great deal of secrets. With so many students coming and going over the years, a university can be a real treasure trove for history buffs.
Sometimes, these secrets are uncovered in a completely random way. When construction workers stumbled upon a hidden alcove at Selwyn College in England, they had no idea what was in store.
Selwyn College, a part of England’s Cambridge University, hired a construction crew to do some routine remodeling on one of the campus’s buildings. The construction workers knocked down a wall and found something completely unexpected.
What they found was an alcove known to UK students as a “Gyp,” where university staff would make tea and toast for students each morning. It was here that the construction crew found a cast iron stove from the Victorian era, as well as several postcards and letters from the workers of long ago.
Each letter, according to the archivist of Selwyn College, was dated between 1912 and 1916. Each one provides an unprecedented look at what life was like more than a hundred years ago.
The university has plans to put the artifacts, including an old photo of the campus chapel, on display so that modern students can get a greater appreciation of the school’s history.
The archivist is also trying to find the individuals that the items belonged to, in the hopes that their descendants will be able to share and appreciate them.
It’s incredible that the construction crew found such special pieces of history purely by accident. What other mysteries could be hidden at this old, famous college?