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The Milton Keynes Collection

The Milton Keynes Collection

MKCDC is a partner in The Milton Keynes Collection, a partnership of five museums and heritage organisations who have joined forces to:

  • Raise awareness of the rich history of Milton Keynes within and beyond the 'new' city;
  • Win public and commercial support for its conservation, interpretation and development;
  • Share resources and expertise in areas such as volunteering, collections handling, governance and marketing; and
  • Inspire more people to get involved and help to secure this unique heritage for future generations.

The MK Collection partners


The four other partners in the Milton Keynes Collection are:

Bletchley Park

Home of the codebreakers, Bletchley Park played a key role in shortening the Second World War. The museum tells the codebreakers' remarkable story - with hands-on demonstrations of how it was done - and reveals why it has come to be seen as the birthplace of computing.

Cowper and Newton Museum

Step back into Georgian life at the home of one of Britain's most acclaimed poets and letter-writers, William Cowper. The museum and lovingly-recreated gardens also celebrate Cowper's neighbour and friend John Newton, who played a critical role in the abolition of the slave trade and wrote the famous anthem Amazing Grace.

Living Archive

Living Archive was one of the first people's history projects to be set up in the UK. Over the last 30 years it has built up a major collection of film, oral history and photographic records telling the story of life in the Milton Keynes area. It also manages the Discover Milton Keynes Showcase on behalf of the Milton Keynes Heritage Association. It has a changing programme of community-based projects, enabling people to get involved in documenting and bringing to life the history of their area.

Milton Keynes Museum

Do touch is the philosophy at Milton Keynes Museum where more than 200 years of local industry and rural life are featured in a series of brilliant recreations and hands-on displays. Alongside relics from pre-history days the museum comes back up to date in the new Connected Earth area - telling the story of communications in full, interactive technicolour.


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