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The Keele Oral History Project
"Oral history is a method of gathering and preserving historical information through recorded interviews with participants in past events and ways of life" (Oral History Association).
Oral history complements official documents and records by providing a personal view of historical moments. The Keele Oral History Project was instigated at the first Pioneers Reunion in May 2005.
The memories of former students are of value not just to themselves but also to posterity. Historians, sociologists, alumni, scholars and others will all benefit from the experiences they share for the project.
- The Keele estate, the Sneyd family and Keele Hall - ideal for visitors or Keele people who enjoy history and heritage
- The Origins of Keele University - ideal for visitors, staff and students who want to know why "Keele is Keele" and about the unique "Keele Experiment" which still informs our values and ethos
- Keele Myths and Legends - ideal for staff and students who want to hear some of the more famous scandals, pranks, controversies and bizarre occurrences from Keele's Oral History
A Heritage Guide can meet visitors to the university or offer an activity with students or staff to develop an awareness about this amazing place where we work, study and - many of us - live! Visit the Keele Heritage Guides webpage.
KEELE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
HISTORY, TRADITION & MYTHOLOGY
A Brief History of the Sneyd family, the Keele estate, the University College of North Staffordshire and Keele University
History and Tradition
Incidents and Events
|University Challenge Wins||Levitating the Clock House!||Declaration of Independence|
|The "Incident" on the Lawns||Memorable Pranks||The Leader of the Pack|
|Squeezing in a Phone Box||Hollywood Pop Festival||Spies for Peace?|
|Fresher's Gate||Horwood's Lost Dandelion||The Clock with No Hands|
|Skiff Ahoy and the
New Union Building
|Keele Park Racecourse||Railways at Keele|
|The Nelson Mandela Bar||History through Building Names|
Our People and Our Stories
First Decade: The Origins of Keele University 1950-1962
A Coming of Age: Continuity and Change 1962-1973
Heritage Guides and KOHP Volunteers
Many hundreds of alumni have been involved in supporting the Project with donations of stories, photographs, interviews, ephemera, student and university publications, advice, stories, film-clips, audio-clips, information and most important of all - memories! Alumni volunteering for the KOHP is coordinated by Brian Walker (1970).
Brian Walker has recorded dozens of audio Interviews with Keelites.
Photo left : Production team for "First Decade":John Groom (1956), Keith Clement (1956), Geoff Matthews (1957) and Brian Walker (1970). Not shown: Gerry Northam (1970) and John Easom (1981).
Photo below right: The team for "A Coming of Age": Nici Hildebrandt (1975), John Easom (1981), Bill Proctor (1968), Brian Walker (1970), Phil Davies (1971) Gerry Northam (1970). Not shown; Pam Jones, Matt Bowling (2008)
In 2011, Keele students Georgie Fitzgibbon (2013) and Ariana Sevilla (2013) set up a group of Heritage Volunteers – students who were willing to give up their time to find out about Keele’s heritage and history and to share it with others through guided tours. In 2014 this initiative evolved into Heritage Guides – a team of student ambassadors trained to conduct guided tours about the History of Keele, Keele Hall and the Sneyd family, the history and heritage of Keele University and Myths and Legends of Keele students. Heritage Guides can be booked to conduct tours through the Student Ambassador team.
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