Arts Council visits Our Sporting Life

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Senior staff from the Arts Council, with its new responsibility for Museums and Libraries alongside the Arts, came on a fact-finding visit to Milton Keynes to see for themselves the value that art and heritage bring to the city’s cultural and economic life.

Amongst the achievements of the arts and heritage organisations they viewed The Our Sporting Life Milton Keynes exhibition and the Ring of Steel art installation at stadium:mk.

Heritage partners Living Archive, Milton Keynes Museum and National Badminton Museum worked together successfully with commercial partners Badminton England and Milton Keynes Dons Sport and Education Trust in the Our Sporting Life project on a year-long programme of activities and events.

These culminated in the exhibition which is located in the Pitchside Bar, DoubleTree by Hilton, stadium:mk. The exhibition is free and runs until April 30.

Shane Downer, Senior Heritage Officer for Milton Keynes, said: “They particularly wanted to see the work Milton Keynes’ arts and heritage organisations are doing with commercial partners and were very impressed by the work being done.”

Their visit also included a fascinating morning at Milton Keynes Museum, where they were shown work underway on the new communications gallery – supported by Connected Earth - that will strengthen and improve its appeal to visitors when it opens later this year.