Film shows off historical past of Milton Keynes

A SPECIALLY-COMMISSIONED film showcasing some of the city’s best historical gems is set to challenge the idea that Milton Keynes is only a ‘new city’.

And creators of The Making of Milton Keynes – which premiered last month - hope it will inspire more people to visit and get involved by showing them just how much Milton Keynes has to be proud of.

MK Collection partners

MK Collection partners

The film can be seen in our video above or at

It was produced for The Milton Keynes Collection – a new partnership bringing together Bletchley Park, City Discovery Centre, Cowper & Newton Museum, Living Archive and Milton Keynes Museum to share resources, raise the profile of heritage, and get more people and more businesses involved.

Iain Standen, Chief Executive of Bletchley Park, said: “We wanted to make a film to show why we believe heritage is so important to the success and quality of life of Milton Keynes, and the film is also a fantastic advert for our city.

“We hope people will feel inspired to want to share it with friends, colleagues, contacts.”

Created by Furzton-based Jump off the Screen, the film received funding from MK Arts & Heritage Alliance and Milton Keynes Community Foundation.

MK AHA Chairman Euan Henderson urged the city to get behind Milton Keynes Collection in promoting the film and MK’s heritage as widely as possible.

He said: “We are all relative newcomers and while it’s important we have a sense of our individual heritage it’s just as important we have a sense of the heritage of the place to which we belong. It’s critical to developing a real community.

“All 50-plus heritage groups and organisations in Milton Keynes are doing a great job for us and they deserve our support. We can give it by visiting, by telling as many people as possible about their work, and volunteering to share our skills too.”

There are many more ideas of ways to support The Milton Keynes Collection and the city’s heritage on the website.

And with this year’s Arts and Heritage Open Places programme getting the city’s Summer of Culture off to a great start, there are plenty of reasons to visit one of the Collection partners.

For more information visit the Summer of Culture website.