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The Keele Oral History Project
"Oral history is a method of gathering and preserving historical information through recorded interviews with participants in past events and ways of life" (Oral History Association).
Oral history complements official documents and records by providing a personal view of historical moments. The Keele Oral History Project was instigated at the first Pioneers Reunion in May 2005.
The memories of students are of value not just to themselves but also to posterity. Historians, sociologists, alumni, scholars and others will all benefit from the experiences they share for the project.
KEELE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT STORIES
- First Decade: The Origins of Keele University 1950-1962
- Coming of Age: Continuity and Change 1962-1973
STORIES, MYTHS AND LEGENDS
- A Brief History of the Sneyd family, the Keele estate, the University College of North Staffordshire and Keele University
- History of Keele through Building Names
- Officers of the Students' Union and KRA/KPA
- Officers of the Athletic Union
Heritage Guides and KOHP Volunteers
In 2011, two Keele students (Georgie Fitzgibbon and Ariana Sevilla) set up a group of Heritage Volunteers – students who were willing to give up their time to find out about Keele’s heritage and history and to share it with others through guided tours. In 2014 this initiative evolved into Heritage Guides – a team of student ambassadors trained to conduct guided tours about the History of Keele, Keele Hall and the Sneyd family, the history and heritage of Keele University and Myths and Legends of Keele students. Heritage Guides are paid as Keele student ambassadors and can be booked to conduct tours through the Alumni & Development Office.
Request a Heritage Guide
Many hundreds of alumni have been involved in supporting the Project with donations of stories, photographs, interviews, ephemera, COPIES OF student and university publications, advice, stories, film-clips, audio-clips, information and most important of all - memories!
Alumni volunteering for the KOHP is now being coordinated by Brian Walker (1970) and Nici Hildebrandt (1975) in collaboration with the Alumni & Development Office.
Photo 1: Production team for "First Decade":
John Groom (1956), Keith Clement (1956), Geoff Matthews (1957) and Brian Walker (1970). Not shown: John Easom (1981)
Photo 2: Production team for "A Coming of Age": Nici Hildebrandt (1975), John Easom (1981), Bill Proctor (1968), Brian Walker (1970), Phil Davies (1971) Gerry Northam (1970). Not shown; Pam Jones, Matt Bowling (2008)
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