Milton Keynes past is perfect gift this year

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Milton Keynes past is the ideal way to celebrate Christmas present, according to local charity Living Archive.

For Christmas this year, the people’s history project is offering a range of unusual gifts including rare local photos, CDs, DVDs and books – all of them offering a window into the city’s past.

Santa at the Bletchley Co-op Christmas parade in 1964, a horse-drawn fire engine in Fenny Stratford, and the opening of the M1 near Newport Pagnell are among more than 100 images available for sale in Living Archive’s online shop.

For a small fee images can be downloaded, printed off and framed to make really unusual and distinctive gifts.

Other great gifts in the online shop include music from the irrepressible Living Archive Band, the letters local boy Albert French wrote from the First World War trenches on CD ROM, a DVD telling the story of Wolverton Works, and a film homage to first Director of Stantonbury Campus, Geoff Cooksey.

And for bookworms the Living Archive has a wide range of titles that can’t be found in bookshops. They include Memories of Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes then and now and Pioneer Tales, as well as Players, Passion and Pitches – the story of football in this area, and Where the Lines Meet – recollections of Bletchley Station in its heyday.

With most items costing £10 or less, Living Archive’s online shop is also ideal for stocking fillers.

What’s more, every penny spent on its unique gift range is also a gift to the charity–which uses the funds raised to help it continue its work of capturing the city’s stories from the mouths of those who live here.

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