The Keele Oral History Project

Fancy dress cycle ride d cc1956 "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



History and Traditions

Colours and Heraldry A Brief History
Keele's Dragon Mascot History through Building Names  Books about Keele
Swans, Swanmasters, Swanmistresses Graduation Ceremonial

Henders' KPA Oar

The Sneyd Family Photo Album Varsity and the Athletic Union Bell Keele: Postwar Pioneer Lecture by Professor Miles Taylor, 2017

 Books About Keele




Incidents and Events

University Challenge Winners Levitating the Clock House! Keele's Declarations of Independence
The "Naked Incident"
on the Lawns
Memorable Pranks The Leader of the Pack
Record Breakers! Squeezing in a
Phone Box
Pop FestivalĀ 
 Spies for Peace?

The Comex II Tragedy 1967

 KUBE Radio and Thorns Radio A Romanov Love Story 










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
 Maps through the Decades
The Raven Mason Collection

Hawthorns Hall

Hawthorns Farewell









The SU, KPA and AU

Officers of Keele
Students' Union

Officers of the
Athletic Union

Student Elections:
Wit and Wisdom

RAG Days at Keele Officers of the Keele
Postgraduate Association
The 1950s
Picture Loan Scheme

Our People and Our Stories

John Lennon
Portrait of a Princess Raft Races on the Lake
Drama at Keele The South African
Keele Kouples
The Soundtrack of our
(Keele) Lives
Keele Klobber and the
Brain Bunnies
Words that Mean
Keele to Me
RAG Records
Lindsay String Quartet Winter at Keele
Early Overseas Exchanges

International Keelites

National and Wartime Service
Keele Song Book 1952  Lord Lindsay and the
1938 By-Election
The Keele Society 
Naming Names -
Class Photographs
The Gig of my (Keele) Life Folk Music and Folk Dance Revolution
Hut Life Early Student Publications Interviews with Keelites
 Keele Buses Keele Siblings  Heritage Guides











First Decade: The Origins of Keele University 1950-1962

A Coming of Age: Continuity and Change 1962-1973

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