ALT2018 Activities and Events

Keele is in North Staffordshire halfway between Manchester and Birmingham. The University is nestled in 600 acres of countryside and overlooks the town of Newcastle-under-Lyme.  We’re delighted to be able to include around the conference programme a variety of events and activities which will showcase the many unique aspects of our campus and the surrounding area. 

Several events and activities have been scheduled to take place on Sunday 25th March 2018.  We hope that delegates arriving on Sunday will enjoy participating in these activities.

World of Wedgwood - Museum

Join us on a visit to the Wedgwood Museum where you will trace over 250 years of ground-breaking design and production and discover Josiah Wedgwood’s lasting influence on industry and society. This award winning museum houses a UNESCO protected collection of huge historic and cultural significance.

 The Wedgwood Collection is one of the most important industrial collections in the world and a unique record of over 250 years of British ceramic production.  Now owned by the V&A following a successful fundraising campaign, spear-headed by The Art Fund, it is on display at the Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, on long term loan from the Museum.

There is a charge of £25 for this activity, to include transport from Keele campus to the Wedgewood Museum and return and arrival refreshments.   Delegates wishing to participate in this activity must reserve a place via the conference booking page.

Please note that you will need to be at the Keele campus by 12:30pm on Sunday 25th March in order to participate in this visit.


Keele Arboretum/Woodland Walk

Keele has one of the largest campuses in Europe and is situated in 600 acres of countryside. The landscape we see today owes much to the work of Ralph Sneyd (1793-1870) who began planting on a grand scale in 1830, after inheriting the estate from his father. Throughout the period of its construction, the University has been careful to preserve as many of mature trees as possible and has maintained an ongoing programme of tree planting. In 2005, the University embarked on building up a collection of Flowering Cherries as a focus for the arboretum and now has one of the largest of its kind with over 230 species and varieties.

This activity is free of charge.  Delegates wishing to reserve a place on this activity should reserve a place via the conference booking page. 

Please note that you will need to be at the Keele campus by 1:30pm in order to participate in this activity and you will need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear!

Cherry blossom


Evening Visit to the Keele Observatory

Keele Observatory was founded in 1962 to host a 31cm refractor dating back to 1874. It has since acquired a 60cm reflector for research, and underwent significant refurbishment in 2009.  The Observatory regularly welcomes visitors from the public and from Schools and is an approved learning destination for the Childrens’ University.

Visits to the observatory include opportunities to take a tour of the observatory and, weather permitting, to view celestial objects through the 143-year old 31cm Grubb refractor or new 15cm solar telescope.

The visit to the Observatory will take place after the informal dinner and networking event on the evening of Sunday 25th March 2018.  The event is free of charge and places are strictly limited.  Delegates wishing to participate in this event must reserve a place via the conference booking page.