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The Milton Keynes Green Gym carries out practical, conservation volunteering projects on a number of interesting sites in and around Milton Keynes, including the grounds of the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre. These take place every Thursday morning and on the third Saturday of each month.

How to join and programme of activities

Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre is an educational charity, based on the medieval site of Bradwell Abbey. Its aim is to increase the understanding and appreciation of Milton Keynes, in terms of its rich history and unique geography and culture. Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre holds an in-depth archive which was set up to record the fascinating story of the development of the new city of Milton Keynes. Many important documents have been preserved here that otherwise would have been lost - books, maps, reports, posters, census data, plans and periodicals. Our educational activities with school children, higher education learners, professionals and local people are informed by this rich resource.


We are currently looking for more volunteers to support us in the following areas:


Volunteers examine one of the models at MKCDCEducation Assistant

As an educational charity, Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre receives school visits from all over the region, studying the history and geography of Milton Keynes. Education Assistants will support the delivery of fun, interactive education sessions to children from Key Stage Two to GCSE, including Roman, Tudor and Medieval history, as well as geography days that cover comparing locations and sustainability. This is a great opportunity to use and develop skills around working with young people and there will be scope to specialise in assisting with specific types of day depending on your particular areas of interest and expertise. To fulfil this role you will need good people skills, such as the ability to be polite and friendly to teachers and colleagues as well as interacting with children. As the sessions are interactive a sense of humour is helpful. Full induction will be given, and there will be ample opportunity to shadow and observe existing sessions before you take a more active role in the delivery. You will be supported by the Education Officer.


Events Assistant

Events have become increasingly important to the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre. Their events help them to interact more meaningfully with the people of Milton Keynes, help raise funds and raise their profile as a charity too. Events Assistants will volunteer closely with the Education Officer to plan and deliver a programme of events throughout the year, building on the success of existing events such as site tours, Medieval Family Fun Day, exhibitions, talks and more. To fulfil this role, you will need good people skills, good organisational skills and enthusiasm.

MKCDC will induct you into the work that's been done on their events already, but some previous interest and experience of events organisation or working in the heritage sector would be helpful.


Conservation volunteers at MKCDCSpecial Projects

MKCDC is a very diverse organisation and it takes a real mix of skills to keep the organisation going and growing. If you've got a specialist skill or interest that you would like to use to support MKCDC, then let them know and they will look at how your skills could support one of their projects.

Examples of current project needs are:

Model Maintenance: MKCDC's archives contain a range of architectural models that chart the history of specific developments in Milton Keynes. As some are now over 40 years old, they need maintenance and repairs to keep them in a displayable condition. Experience of model building or similarly intricate construction skills are essential.

Conservation: A working group is needed to conserve and maintain Bradwell Abbey's St Mary's Chapel. As a medieval chapel and part of a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the chapel does need to be maintained by people who have a level of experience in dealing with protected historic buildings.

Landscaping: As you may imagine, a site the size of Bradwell Abbey requires plenty of landscaping and maintenance of the green spaces. This work is done by a variety of teams, from contractors to the Parks Trust but with a programme of improvements underway, there's always plenty to do. If you have the skills to assist with this kind of work, please get in touch.


Tour Guide

As an educational charity based at the beautiful and historic medieval site Bradwell Abbey, events, such as site tours, have become increasingly important to the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre. They run structured tours of the medieval site on at least 10 days a year, between April and October. The tours are run by volunteers and are an invaluable way that local people can have access to the medieval site, including the nationally unique wall paintings housed within St Mary's Chapel, at Bradwell Abbey. Tour guides lead the tours, sharing the history of the site. To fulfil this role, you will need to be polite, friendly and able to interact with people of all ages and backgrounds, as well has having plenty of enthusiasm.

Full training on the site's history will be provided but an interest in local history or the medieval period would be useful.

It is essential to be punctual and able to keep to time for this role.



As a Medieval site and educational centre, it's important that Bradwell Abbey is open and accessible to local people where possible. Welcomers are an invaluable part of that access as it's a crucial customer service role, greeting people as they arrive at events, encouraging people to take part in activities, to join their mailing list, informing them about practicalities of the site and so on. If you're good at working with people in a friendly, pro-active and informative manner, this role would be ideal for you. To fulfil this role, you will need to be polite, friendly and able to interact with people of all ages and backgrounds, as well has having plenty of enthusiasm; this is a role for someone who's keen to support their local heritage.

Full training induction will be provided but you will need to be someone who can work independently, or as part of a team of volunteers, once trained.


For all of the above roles volunteers need to be 18 years +, be willing to undergo a Criminal Record Bureau check (CRB) and provide references.