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MK Archives Explore Your Archive Programme

Milton Keynes Central Library will play host to MK Archives’ Explore Your Archive events this year. Explore Your Archive is a national campaign led by the Archives & Records Association and The National Archives to promote engagement with archives and records.

MK Archives are having a showcase on Saturday 24th November, 10am-3pm in the Event Space. Milton Keynes Libraries, Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre, Living Archive MK and Milton Keynes Heritage Association will have stalls showing off parts of their collections and services. The Island of Milton Keynes – will be held 10am-12pm, aimed at children 6-12 years old: working with artist Emma Wilde children will use collage and drawing to create their own unique maps, turning Milton Keynes into an island to be discovered and explored. Simon Peart, Conservation & Archaeology Manager, MK Council, will be talking about the innovative New Town Heritage Register at 1pm. Laura Cotton, County Archivist, will be talking at 2pm about Buckinghamshire County Council’s original plans for a new city in north Buckinghamshire - Pooleyville. There is free entry, participation in the children’s map-making workshop is £2.





Elain Harwood, architectural historian with Historic England and expert on modern architecture, will be giving a talk on Post-war listed libraries on Wednesday 21st November, 1-2pm. Tickets for this are £3.



Shane Downer, Heritage and International Partnerships Officer with MK Council, will be giving a talk on The city archive plans, Thursday 22nd November, 6-7pm. This talk is free of charge.



The extremely popular Streets of the Past exhibition, featuring images from Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre’s Kitchener Collection of historic glass plate negatives and their modern day equivalents will be back in the Event Space from 10th November. Children can experience the exhibition through a specially-designed trail.


New Town Boom Town

International New Town Day 2018

Thursday, 15th November 2018
International New Town Institute, Rotterdam


Details of the conference


New Towns Heritage: Post-War Legacy and 21st Century Future

Plenary Conference of the New Towns Heritage Research Network

Thursday 5th July 2018, 09:30 – 17:00
Coventry University, Technology Park, Coventry, UK


Details of the conference


New Town Heritage: Exploring the Boundaries

Friday, 23rd March 2018
Delftsestraat 33, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

All-day event. This was a free event funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK. Organised by the International New Town Institute with Oxford Brookes University and Coventry University.


With panel discussions on:

  • New Town architecture as heritage: a new heritage category?
  • New Town masterplans as a framework for redevelopment, densification and extension;
  • Lessons learned on New Town heritage management from the Netherlands, UK and other European countries.

The seminar was preceded on March 22 by an excursion to redevelopment projects in post-war areas in Rotterdam (Pendrecht and Hoogvliet).



Europe 4 Citizens CityLab: Culture, Identity and Migration

Thursday 23rd November 2017
Holiday Inn, Central Milton Keynes


This event which is part of the European partner working Milton Keynes Council is delivering looked at Culture, Identity and Migration in Milton Keynes from a number of viewpoints. It is part of a wider Europe 4 Citizens EU project with the International New Town Institute, other European New Towns and partners interested in Migration and Identity. It is also being supported by Heritage MK and Arts Council through the Museum Resilience Fund.


Full details of the event, including the programme, are available on the INTI website and FaceBook.


The Peterborough Effect: A seminar on the New Town Heritage of Peterborough

Thursday, 16th November 2017
Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF


Peterborough celebrates its 50th birthday of third-wave New Town Designation in 2017 and holds an important place in both the legacy and future of new towns.


Graham Walker, formerly of Peterborough Development Corporation wase among the high profile speakers. There was also a round table discussion involving participants in New Towns heritage Research across the UK and Europe.


This event was supported by Vivacity, with backing from Peterborough Council and local stakeholders.


This was the third in our seminar series, following on from successful events marking Milton Keynes at 50 and Harlow at 70, earlier in the year. The aim of the seminars is to bring together urban and cultural researchers and practitioners from universities, government institutes, think tanks, museums and NGOs jointly to explore the urban heritage in post-war new towns in the UK and mainland Europe. The seminars are facilitated by Oxford Brookes and Coventry Universities in conjunction with Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre, Milton Keynes Council, Harlow Council, Vivacity Peterborough and the International New Towns Institute in the Netherlands.


This event included a tour of Peterborough's New Town Townships and other points of New Town architecture and interest and finished with a reception at the Keys Theatre.


The Arts and Humanities Research Council funded this seminar as part of a series of events on New Towns Heritage.


Harlow New Towns Heritage Seminar

Thursday, 22nd June 2017
Harlow Civic Centre


Harlow celebrates its 70th birthday in 2017 and holds an important place in both the legacy and future of new towns. You are invited to a seminar exploring the potential of New Towns Heritage in Harlow.


Dr Elain Harwood - Historic England
Dr Christine Hui Lan Manley - Woods Hardwick
Dr Hilary Kolinsky - Director at McCarenArchitecture


Three workshops:

  • Master planning
  • Engaging young people
  • Regeneration



The Arts and Humanities Research Council funded this seminar as part of a series of events on New Towns Heritage.


Milton Keynes:The Design Legacy

Friday, 21st April 2017
MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes


This year sees the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Milton Keynes. The Fred Roche Foundation is collaborating with other bodies to arrange events to celebrate this anniversary. This seminar is one of a series of events that review the significance and achievements of the city's development over fifty years.


The aim of the seminar was to provide an assessment of the built legacy of Milton Keynes in the context of the late twentieth century architecture and how it might contribute to future growth strategies for the city.


New Towns Heritage Seminar

Thursday, 26th January 2017
Holiday Inn, 500 Saxon Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 2HQ


The Arts and Humanities Research Council is funding a project evaluating 20th century New Towns Heritage in the UK and mainland Europe. Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre is a project partner.


Many 20th century New Towns are facing plans for growth and regeneration in the 21st century. These plans must take into consideration the existing fabric of the towns and be accompanied by debates about the value that is placed on the architectural and planning heritage of the 20th century New Towns.


Through a series of events (four in the UK and one in the Netherlands) the project, led by Oxford Brookes University and Coventry University, will establish a research network of built environment professionals, civic societies, academics and policy makers to support the heritage potential of the 20th century New Towns.


The seminar in Milton Keynes was the first in the series of events and is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the founding of Milton Keynes.