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Exploring our Archive and Reference Library

MKCDC archive and library collectionsThe Archive & Reference Library 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 would have been lost - books, maps, reports, posters, plans and periodicals.






Many key people and organisations involved in the development of Milton Keynes have deposited collections with us including: Derek Walker, John Seed, John Csaky, Philip Ashbourn, Peter Waterman and Edna Read.


We have a large image archive of slides and photographic prints, which illustrate the growth of Milton Keynes, and around half have been catalogued and are searchable. We also have the photographic collection of Maurice Kitchener, who took picture postcards of towns and villages in Buckinghamshire and beyond in the 1920s and '30s.


The Archive contains maps and plans charting the development of Milton Keynes, plus posters and advertising material from the Milton Keynes Development Corporation.


Reference Library


The Library contains publications, reports, periodicals and ephemera on the development of Milton Keynes, local history, urban studies, new towns, architecture and history. Many of the publications are from the Development Corporation library.


Further information


See our Collections page for links to online catalogues. See our Visiting page for more information about using our collections. If you have material you think might be appropriate for preservation in our Archive or donating to the Library, please see our Donations page.


The Future

We are working together with partners from The Milton Keynes Collection to improve the accessibility of our collections. There is now a programme in place to restore, catalogue, digitise and make accessible the wealth of important material that we hold. This will improve the experience of users of our archive. The local community will have improved access to their heritage. We have a great deal of interest from students and planners from abroad - these developments will open up the archive to people worldwide and help them to discover how the successful new town of Milton Keynes was planned and implemented.