Heritage Open Day 2021

Keele University is excited to take part in the annual 'Heritage Open Days'.  We will be opening our doors on Sunday 12 September 2021.

Heritage Open Days 

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.

Keele Hall

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 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.


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