Keele University opens up historic campus for Heritage Open Day 2010


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Posted on 04 August 2010

Keele University is to open up historic areas of its campus to the public as part of Heritage Open Days, a national annual event supported by English Heritage.

Visitors will be able to tour the 19th century Grade II listed Keele Hall, former home of the Sneyd family, view the recently restored lakes and follow woodland paths.

There will be a rare opportunity to view the Raven Mason collection of ironstone ceramics. Curator Harry Frost will be available to give tours and provide a free identification service for any ceramic items brought along by members of the public.

Keele’s chapel, the UK's first purpose-built ecumenical place of worship, will be open from 12pm following the morning service. Designed by George Pace and constructed from Staffordshire blue bricks donated by a local brick manufacturer, the chapel was consecrated in 1965 and is Grade II listed for its architectural importance.

There will also be guided tours of Keele’s arboretum, which contains many rare species of tree, including a number of giant sequoias and a cedar of Lebanon, as well as one of the largest collections of flowering cherries in the country.

Keele University alumni officer John Easom said: “Many people have a strong association with Keele and wish they knew more or could see more of the historic buildings. Heritage Open Day offers a special opportunity to discover more about Keele Hall and other features of this unique estate and campus.”

The open day will take place from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, September 12, with free admission and parking. Refreshments will be available in Keele Hall’s ballroom.