16 Apr 2019
Former staff member remembered in inaugural public lecture
The work of a former Loughborough staff member is being commemorated through a public lecture next week.
The inaugural Ian Keil Lecture is being held on Tuesday 23 April in Loughborough’s All Saints Church in memory of the former University history lecturer, who devoted his life to researching the history of the local area.
Dr Keil joined the University as a staff member in 1962, when it was Loughborough College of Technology, before retiring in 1990. Both himself and his wife, sociology lecturer Dr Teresa Keil, were members of the University Senate and continued to be involved with the University after retirement.
Alongside his University work, Ian devoted much of his time to researching local history and the links between the University and the town, serving as President of the Loughborough Archaeological & Historical Society. He wrote several books on the town’s past, most notably the Ladybird book, “Loughborough, Past and Present”.
After Ian’s death in 2012, the Loughborough History and Heritage Network was established to commemorate Ian and his work and to encourage others to continue to share knowledge of Loughborough’s history.
The first lecture also has links to Ian’s life, being presented by Bristol University’s Professor of History, Ron Hutton. Ian studied at Bristol as an undergraduate and maintained links with the University after graduating, setting up a doctoral scholarship.
Professor Hutton will discuss the life and rule of Henry VIII. He is an expert on 16th and 17th century Britain and has made several television appearances on programmes such as 'Tales from The Green Valley', 'Edwardian Farm' and 'Victorian Farm'.
Tickets for the lecture are £10 for adults and £7 for concessions. To book your place, please email the Old Rectory Museum or call on 01509 233754.
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