3 – University Mace
Discovery Trail 3 (Eastern Gateway Building Display Cabinets, University Archives)
The University Mace was presented to Lord Halsbury, Chancellor, on behalf of the University, by Mr Randolph, Managing Director of Wilkinson Sword Limited, at a Degree Congregation held on 1 April 1971 in recognition of the University receiving its Charter some years earlier.
The sterling silver mace was designed by Alex Styles of Garrard. It is composed of a fluted stylised tulip head, to a reed collar and polished shaft. At the lower end ‘Des. A.G. Styles, Garrard & Co. Ltd’ is hand inscribed. The arms of the University are finely engraved within the gilded recess to the head, around which is engraved ‘Presented by Wilkinson Sword Limited to Brunel University on the occasion of the granting of its Charter. June 9th, 1966’. Wilkinson Sword was one of the many local Acton firms which had a close relationship with the College and had contributed much to the College’s developments, including offering work placements.
The University Mace has been part of the Graduation ceremonial proceedings since it was first presented to the University. The Mace Bearer carries the Mace, a symbol of the University’s authority under its Royal Charter, in the academic procession.