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Noël James



Business Development Manager
Lynne Dawson

Weddings and room hire



Education Officer

Educational visits



Archivist and Librarian
Catherine McIntyre

Archive and image collection



Heritage Partners

Discover Milton Keynes
Bletchley Park Trust
Cowper & Newton Museum
Living Archive
Milton Keynes Council
Milton Keynes Museum

Heritage MK


Sandford Award 2015 logo Sandford Awards for Heritage Education 2004, 2009 & 2015

Heritage Fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund logo

What is Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre?

Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre informs visitors about urban geography and new city planning - as well as the historical and natural heritage of Milton Keynes. Since 1992 Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre has been based at the beautiful and important medieval Scheduled Ancient Monument site of Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes.


We offer a range of experiential learning sessions tailored to primary and secondary curriculums in geography and history, and beyond. Key to MKCDC's success is our highly interactive approach - by taking learning out of the classroom: ideas and concepts are turned into experiences that are memorable, engaging and enlightening.

For more information about our programme, please contact our Education Officer.

Lectures and tours

We conduct a variety of higher education and professional lectures and tours investigating urban development, with a focus on MK as the most successful New Town in the UK. Topics include:

  • urbanisation,
  • master planning,
  • environment,
  • sustainability,
  • transport,
  • heritage

and more. The lectures and site tours can be adapted to clients' requirements.

Archive and library

The archive records the fascinating story of the development of the new city of Milton Keynes, and also a wealth of pre- new town history. Many important items have been preserved in our collections - books, photographs, maps, reports, posters, plans and periodicals. There are also a variety of contemporary research materials available. Please note that visits are by appointment.

To book an appointment, please contact Catherine McIntyre, our Archivist.