The cows are coming home

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Milton Keynes’world-famous concrete cows are to moo-ve back to the place of their birth at MK Museum later this month.

The introduction of a new community arts space at intu MK means a move for the cows, created by Canadian artist Liz Leyh with local schoolchildren at MK Museum in 1978.

Now the cows are set to live out their later years back on the green, green grass of home – at the Museum’s Stacey bushes site. Their return also means a reunion with the Museum’s snowman, created by Leyh during her residency.

Both these original cows, and the replicas grazing alongside the H3 Monks Way at Bancroft are in the care of MK Parks Trust – who’ve arranged their move home in partnership with intu.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming the concrete cows back home for our visitors to enjoy,” said museum director Bill Griffiths.

“Within the next few years, our new galleries will be telling the whole story of this area, from pre-history to the present time and the cows are an important part of the story. It’s fitting that they will be taking their place alongside other great iconic moments, monuments, stories, people and organisations,” he added.

“We’d like to thank everyone at intu Milton Keynes for looking after them so well and to The Parks Trust who jointly agreed, with intu, for them to return to their original grounds.”