The New Town Heritage Explorers project will bring fun and exciting design and creative activities to celebrate the unique new town heritage of Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes or ‘MK’ as the locals know it is the largest and most successful New Town in Europe! Designated in 1967, for the first 25 years the MK Development Corporation set about transforming this rural part of North Buckinghamshire into a new city.

Many people moved here from across the UK and abroad and our global heritage is truly unique. Over 50 years on and over 250,000 people now call MK their home.

The project will explore and document the social history of MK – the stories of the people who live here, the impact of the buildings on daily life, what is it really like to live in a city built from scratch.

This project will ask people to explore and document the social history of MK – the stories of the people who live here, the impact of those original new town buildings of the first 25 years on daily life, and what is it really like to live in a city built from scratch.

These stories will complement the New Town Heritage Register which MK Council is leading on to document the significant architectural areas, places and spaces which were built from 1967 – 1992.

The project will produce an innovative ‘new town toolkit’ to help local communities to:

•         Use the city’s archives to find out about the history of where they live,

•         Assess the city’s architectural and heritage character:   what has worked well, and what not so well?

•         Put forward buildings that could go on the New Town Heritage Register and

•         Shape the city’s future planning and growth.

The Creative Programme will use fun activities and events to involve children, young people and communities to explore the design heritage of MK and suggest what they would like their future city to be like.  This will be shared across Milton Keynes for everyone to discover.