Cash boost for Milton Keynes history project

Milton Keynes skyline
Milton Keynes skyline

A HISTORICAL treasure trove of archive documents and museum artefacts, artworks and archaeological finds, is to be brought together to create the ‘MK Collection’ that will tell the story of Milton Keynes.

Courtesy of £449,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project, called STACCess:MK, will be led by Milton Keynes Council and will make available a wealth of information and objects never before seen by the public.

Much of the material has been collected since the city came into being 46 years ago but the content also relates to older material.

As well as the New Town material, it includes details of Second World War code breaking at Bletchley Park, the world’s first planned railway town at Wolverton and the story of the 18th century anti-slavery movement through the lives of John Newton and William Cowper at Olney.

Paul Sanders, MKC Assistant Director, Community Facilities Unit, said: “There is so much hidden history to our borough that it deserves to be unearthed. This funding will enable all major collection holders to benefit and to establish a publicly accessible ‘MK Collection’ of national importance, putting Milton Keynes well and truly on the UK heritage map.”

Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East England, said: “Milton Keynes has a unique identity as a new city and is a popular place to live and work but its multi-faceted history is less clearly understood. This project will provide a great boost to appreciating the breadth and depth of that history.”