Bucks New University lecturers look for clues about surprise discovery

PUBLISHED: 15:39 25 July 2014 | UPDATED: 15:39 25 July 2014

The mural uncovered at Buckinghamshire New University.

The mural uncovered at Buckinghamshire New University.


Lecturers at Buckinghamshire New University are puzzled by the appearance of a 10-feet high mural uncovered during renovation work at its campus in High Wycombe.

The mural, depicting a Roman scene in a courtyard with statues, fruit and a tankard, has been discovered by workmen completing changes to the South Wing of the University’s campus in Queen Alexandra Road.

The colourful mural is 10-feet by five-feet in size and was painted on to a wall on a staircase at some stage.

The wall was subsequently covered over, before being discovered during the current work, which is due to be completed in September.

Now the university is appealing for clues about its origin.

Jake Kaner, Professor in Furniture, said he believes the mural could have been painted as far back as the 1950s and is appealing for past students at Bucks New University to get in contact with him if they could shed any light on its history.

Prof Kaner said: “Much of the mural is of a high standard and we will definitely be keeping it.

“I think it may have been painted by students studying for an interior design qualification in the 1980s but it could date as far back as the 1950s.

“Our thoughts have turned to the 1980s as this was a period when people were particularly interested in classical architecture and it was popular for them to have murals such as these, so a student may have been influenced to create it.

“It would be nice to put some ownership to the mural and who knows perhaps whoever did create it could pop in to see us and take a look at how it has stood the test of time?”

Prof Kaner said anyone with any ideas about the origin of the mural is welcome to contact him by email at jake.kaner@bucks.ac.uk.

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