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Keele University is to open up historic areas of its campus to the public as part of the national Heritage Open Day scheme. 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 newly laid 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 that members of the public may wish to bring. Keele’s chapel, the UK ‘s first purpose-built ecumenical place of worship, will also be open from 12 noon following the morning service and tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for visitors. 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. The open day will take place from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, September 13, with free parking and admission. For more information call 01782 734169, e-mail whatson@kfm.keele.ac.uk or visit http://www.keele.ac.uk