Lottery funds £100,000 WWI commemoration for Milton Keynes

Sending off recruits - image courtesy of Living Archive
Sending off recruits - image courtesy of Living Archive
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A lottery windfall of almost £100,000 has been given to help Milton Keynes commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK) has been granted £99,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a unique project to commemorate the centenary.

From Conflict to Cosmopolis will explore both the stories from 100 years ago and their legacy for modern Milton Keynes. There will be new film screenings, performances and exhibitions, all of which will give fresh insights into the turmoil – and creativity - of those times.

The project will target both native and new communities in Milton Keynes asking them to share and reflect upon stories from 100 years ago, and compare them across the city and across time to life in modern Milton Keynes.

Interviews with local people, workshops and creative activities will provide new experiences for audiences to commemorate the centenary of the conflict.

Productions will tour around Milton Keynes and its villages.

Euan Henderson, chairman of AHA-MK, said: “We are delighted to receive this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our aim is for From Conflict to Cosmopolis to be a testament to the resilience of people in difficult times and a celebration of MK’s unique heritage.”