Time to share memories of rugby history

Milton Keynes RUFC team from 1985 PNL-150713-145208001
Milton Keynes RUFC team from 1985 PNL-150713-145208001

Milton Keynes rich rugby history is the focus of a project ahead of this year’s World Cup.

Living Archive MK has received a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will be used to document the history of rugby in Milton Keynes.

People with photographs, programmes, rugby souvenirs, films, memorabilia and memories from the past 100 years are being asked to share them with the project.

Any material loaned to the project will be used to create a collection of film stories, a website, an exhibition and a book as well as help build a history of rugby archive.

Rugby clubs in Wolverton and Olney both date back to the 1880s while Bletchley Rugby Club was created in 1947. International rugby players have also come from the area including Edgar Mobbs.

Project co-ordinator Cheryl Butler said: “The idea is to make 10 documentary films and we are trying to find characters we can interview and film telling their stories.

She added: “We hope to put a display in the stadiummk while the World Cup matches are on.”

Three events will be held in Milton Keynes where the public will be invited to bring along their memories and memorabilia. One of them will be held on August 20 at Woughton on the Green during the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

Any items borrowed will be returned to their owners.

Anyone who wants to help out should contact Living Archive MK on 01908 332568 or email rugbyheritagemk@gmail.com.