Current News

Current News

MKCDC receives the Sandford Award for education

We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the 2020 Sandford Award for education! Huge thanks to all of the team and participants for getting us there, and the the Sandford Assessment team, who were brilliant!

Fantastic Funding News!

We're delighted to let you know we have been awarded funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund. This was distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund and is part of the Government’s £750m support package for charities and will be used to support the running of our community and sensory gardens, woodland walk and outdoor activities. This will help us to keep the grounds at Bradwell Abbey open as a haven for our local community.

We are also thrilled to announce we have received significant funding from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund! We’re very grateful to the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport for making it possible for us to continue to progress and adapt in the face of the challenges of 2020 and beyond.

And last but not least, both the CLARE Foundation and Milton Keynes Council have awarded us Covid-related relief, for which we are very grateful!

Exploring the Archives

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the Explore your Archive Launch week, this 21-29 November. We’ll be highlighting items from our collections across the week and sharing videos on our YouTube channel that reveal intriguing insights into our local heritage.

Join our archivist, Catherine McIntyre as she explores the evolution of the Wolverton Agora and guides us through using the online catalogue. She’ll also be casting a spotlight on the Andrew Mahaddie collection, find out what it reveals about this renowned architect at the Milton Keynes Development Corporation and how his influence can be seen in the landscape.

Teacher resources

Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre, with help from Historic England Funding, is producing a pilot pack of fun teacher resources! These will include free craft activities, hidden within horrible history style stories now posted (with more to come!) on our newly created YouTube channel.
Links to templates and instructions for the activities can be  found in the video description boxes, and will soon be on our new website in learning pack form:
To date we have developed online activities covering some elements of Viking mythology (activities include making swords, axes and shields, and whipcord weaving) and a Roman Villa story line (including archaeology, baking bread, and making mosaics, shields and spears).
In the New Year we will be developing a further subscription package which will be tailored to the curriculum so that your children can access their favourite history experiences from the safety of the classroom, while Covid uncertainties continue.
We are also happy to develop any bespoke online experiences for you. Get in touch to discuss your needs:

COVID-19 Resilience Activities grant

Exciting news! MKCDC have been awarded a COVID-19 Resilience Activities grant by Historic England! We will be using this funding to create new digital and online activities for public engagement while we are in lock down, and while we are still part-operational and working from home! These activities will include our new YouTube channel, MKCDC at Bradwell Abbey (see some of our new uploads - How to do a Garden Dig  and Bradwell Abbey Medieval Excavation - sensitivity warning), DigitalArchaeologyWeek (see Twitter, Facebook and YouTube) and our newly-commissioned medieval Wagon Play, which we will be performing for Heritage Open Day instead of our usual Fayre! And there will be much more! Not to forget, as well, that we are always uploading new New Town Heritage Explorers activities!, so keep checking back for updates and more details! Stay safe, everybody!