Heritage Open Day
Heritage Open Days - Celebrating 25 years!
Welcome to England’s largest festival of history and culture!
Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore. Read more about Heritage Open Days.
Originally founded in 1949 as the University College of North Staffordshire, Keele was the first new University of the 20th Century and was created to meet the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world. Keele was granted university status by Buckingham Palace, with the Royal Charter being signed on 11 August.
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. There will be guided tours of the Hall. The Raven Mason Collection based in Keele Hall will be open for visitors to view an exhibition of Mason’s Ironstone China and Porcelain.
The Chapel is open to visitors around services. Designed by George Pace and consecrated in 1965, it is the first purpose designed ecumenical place of worship in the UK. There are services at 10.15am and 12.30pm and the Chapel will be open for viewing from 1:30pm onward.
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. In 1949 the University College of North Staffordshire was founded on the site, and became Keele University in 1962. 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.
FREE TO ATTEND
BOOKING IS NOT REQUIRED
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- Keele Hall, Keele University
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- 01782 734340