The project

The New Town Heritage Explorers Project will:

  1. Animate and profile the New Town Heritage Register a new local list detailing the heritage character and contemporary value of Milton Keynes’ Design City heritage, delivering a model for celebrating and safeguarding modernist heritage for other New Towns across the UK and Europe.
  2. Develop a New Town Heritage Toolkit to engage community groups, heritage and design interested individuals.
  3. Equip Explorers (volunteers) with training and development of heritage skills in mapping and understanding their modern architectural/design heritage and exploring their views on the future of their estate and the environment from the development of a New Town Heritage Toolkit, which will profile and characterise the unique design heritage of ‘MK. 
  4. Develop and deliver a public programme of events to animate and profile the New Town Heritage Register, a new local list detailing the heritage character and contemporary value of Milton Keynes’ Design City heritage,
  5. Engage young people in the exploration of new Town Heritage through our Young Explorers Strand.
  6. Develop a series of events, talks, screening to animate and profile the New Town Heritage Register, a new local list detailing the heritage character and contemporary value of Milton Keynes’ Design City heritage,
  7. Support the city’s new A Festival of Creative Urban Living to showcase this Design City heritage internationally.

Project Delivery

The Project will deliver four inter-linking strands

  1. Development of a New Town Heritage Toolkit
    Enable the community, stakeholders, residents to look with fresh eyes, to develop the toolkit by researching the history of where they live, using the city’s excellent archives
    Assessing its character today – what has worked well, or what is the great, good, bad and ugly bits.
    Thinking forward and recommend how it could be improved, preserved or just appreciated by other people.
  2. Young Explorers Workshops
    Engage with young people to mapping and understanding their modern architectural/design heritage and exploring their views on the future of their neighbourhood and environment.
  3. Creative Events Programme
    A series of creative and engagement events to animate and raise the profile of the New Town Heritage working with community and  arts organisations, artists, individuals to deliver innovative projects, live events, talks, screening and installations.
  4. Training and Development of Heritage Skills
    Engage and equip explorers (volunteers) with research, mapping, design skills to undertake and produce the toolkit.