Communications exhibitions to show off Xchange MK

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PEOPLE are being encouraged to help create two major exhibitions to celebrate the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth and the launch of Connected Earth.

MK Telephones Gallery, Bletchley Park and Milton Keynes Museum have joined forces to create the Xchange MK project, which aims to show how communication has changed over the years.

The scheme is also backed by Milton Keynes Council and Arts Council.

Over the four weekends of June, children, families and people of all ages are being asked to participate in creating the exhibitions, one at each venue. 

People will be creating exhibition materials at one venue with the support of artists and museum staff and then communicating it via various methods to the other venue, building up and changing the exhibitions over the four weeks.

The project will demonstrate how communications has changed through the years from carrier pigeons to poets, motorcycle messengers to message collecting and from printing and letters to semaphore, email, Facebook and Twitter.

This weekend the theme will be communicating by radio.

MK Museum and Bletchley Park will be demonstrating how radios work and will make a connection with someone in the same room and in a different museum to share information and messages.

And on Sunday, Poet Mark Niel will be holding a workshop to give visitors a chance to create a poem.

The Xchange event culminates on June 30 and July 1 with an 18th Century Re-enactment at Milton Keynes Museum. On this weekend the museum will be overrun with characters including Highwaymen from the 18th century.

Paul Sanders, assistant director for leisure at the council, said: “Milton Keynes has a distinctive and world class heritage and these two museums have come together to deliver an exciting and innovative programme for the MK Summer of Culture.

“Having artists and activity linking across both sites is a wonderful idea and I am sure everyone who takes part will have a great time.”

Admission charges apply to both venues.

More information on this and other events and activities can be found at the Bletchley Park website or the MK Museum website