A miniature look at the early days of Milton Keynes

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Ever wanted to go back in time to the formative days of Milton Keynes?

Or failing that - have you ever wanted to feel like a giant, towering over the city?

Well the STACCess:MK project have managed to do both, thanks to the most recent collection to be transferred to their centre at Holne Chase in Bletchley.

A selection of original architects’ models of some of Milton Keynes’ landmark buildings has been temporarily relocated so they can be catalogued and restored.

Familiar sites such as the civic offices, the Food Hall, and the Elder Gate multi-storey car park are present in the finest detail. They were created before construction work had started on the nascent new city, and were intended to illustrate design ideas to clients, builders and the general public.

And a spokesman for STACCess:MK told us that there was just one jarring detail.

They said: “Some models included miniature people and cars in a style from a past era. Volunteers did joke that some of the car parks had spaces in them so perhaps a small element of detail had been overlooked!

“One volunteer admitted that it was a strange feeling to look down upon a building at which you’d normally be looking up. We hope that in the future, after restoration, the models will once again be available for the public to view.”

STACCess:MK is a four-year project based at Holne Chase Centre, Bletchley, which aims to increase public engagement with the heritage of Milton Keynes

Select parts of The Milton Keynes Collection are being researched and documented for the first time to help make them more accessible to the public.

If you are interested in becoming a part of STACCess:MK call 07432 110192 or email holnechasemk@gmail.com