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Keele University is delighted to be hosting a calendar of exciting public events, ranging from our programme of Inaugural Lectures given by newly established Professors within the University, to live poetry readings, concerts and official ceremonies.
For subject-specific public lectures please view our public lectures page.
13th September - Heritage Open Day
Heritage Open Day
Sunday 13th September 2015
The Keele estate was owned by the Sneyd family and the first Keele Hall was built in 1580 and rebuilt to Anthony Salvin’s design in 1855-1860. In 1949 the University College of North Staffordshire was founded on the site, and became Keele University in 1962.
The Raven Mason Collection in Keele Hall outlines the development of Mason ceramics. Curator Harry Frost will be available and offers a free identification service for ceramic items. The Chapel is open to visitors around services. There will be guided tours of the Hall. Designed by George Pace and consecrated in 1965, it is the first purpose-designed ecumenical place of worship in the UK.
The campus has over 600 acres of landscaped grounds, farmland, woodland and university buildings and facilities. There are leaflets for self-guided walks around the campus and arboretum. Families and children may enjoy the woodland walks; the tours and Raven Mason will be of historical interest and some older children may find them interesting. There will be no specific provision for children.
Refreshments will be available throughout the day in the Tea Room, Keele Hall.