BEXLEY College has celebrated the building of the new by burying something of the old.

The college's new campus is taking shape at Walnut Tree Road in Erith with the £20 million development set to open its doors in summer next year.

Just to make sure future pupils don’t forget the school’s past, a time capsule has been buried near the entrance to the building which is set to provide education and training to more than 3,000 students.

The plan is for it to be opened in 50 years when it will give up mementos including historic prospectuses dating back to 1911, past student handbooks, DVDs of students' work over the years – and even the odd News Shopper article.

Bexley Council leader Councillor Teresa O’Neill, who attended the ceremony on October 2, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to support the college with this fantastic new building.

"It will make a huge difference to the young people of Bexley as well as bringing important regeneration to Erith town centre.

"I am looking forward to seeing the new college up and running."