We don’t want your money – we want your memories!
That is the message to people who are being asked to look under their beds and check their attics for old sporting photographs, objects and other memorabilia and to bring them along to the first ever Our Sporting Life: MK Roadshow that will be taking place at Bletchley Leisure Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, July 23.
Organised by Living Archive with Milton Keynes Council, MK Dons Sports and Education Trust, Badminton England, National Badminton Museum and Milton Keynes Museum, the roadshow is the first of four to be held across the borough this year.
It is part of a series of Our Sporting Life projects taking place across the country to celebrate the London 2012 Culture Open Weekend and will build towards the greatest ever exhibition of British sporting history to be held in London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Heritage development officer for Milton Keynes Council, Shane Downer, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the public to contribute their own sporting heritage memories, photos and objects to the project.
“Potentially they could find their material part of a major sporting heritage exhibition launching on 23rd January 2012 at Stadium: MK, the home of MK Dons, and to coincide with the 45th anniversary of Milton Keynes as a New Town. There will also be a range of fun sporting activities to have a go at so it should be a great afternoon for everyone.”
The project has been made possible thanks to funding from Heritage Lottery Fund through its Your Heritage programme, Museums, Libraries, Archives Council (MLA) through its Innovation and Renaissance programmes, the Council and its partners and support from the Sports Heritage Network, which comprises all the UK’s major sports museums and archives.
Further information on the roadshow and activities can be requested from Living Archive on 01908 322568, or from flyers available from libraries across the borough. More information on the project is on the council’s heritage website www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/heritage and people can also get involved and submit their stories and objects online via the national Our Sporting Life website at www.oursportinglife.co.uk.