Heritage Partners

Heritage Partners

MKCDC is a partner in Heritage MK, which is a partnership of five museums and heritage organisations in the Milton Keynes area who work together to:

  • Raise awareness of Milton Keynes' rich history through events, exhibitions and promotional activities;
  • Inspire more people to enjoy and get involved with MK's unique heritage;
  • Share resources and expertise in areas such as volunteering, learning, community engagement, collections care, governance and marketing; and
  • Win public, commercial and charitable support helping to secure MK's heritage for future generations.

In 2017, and 2019, Heritage MK worked together to develop and host a two day Festival of History in Campbell Park and choreographed a major city centre exhibition highlighting MK's rich heritage - all part of the city's 50th anniversary celebrations. In September Heritage MK comes together again to provide a joint programme of free events and openings as part of the national Heritage Open Day programme.

The Heritage MK partners

The four other partners in Heritage MK are:

Bletchley Park

Home of the codebreakers, Bletchley Park played a key role in shortening the Second World War. The museum tells the codebreakers' remarkable story - with hands-on demonstrations of how it was done - and reveals why it has come to be seen as the birthplace of computing.

Cowper and Newton Museum

Step back into Georgian life at the home of one of Britain's most acclaimed poets and letter-writers, William Cowper. The museum and lovingly-recreated gardens also celebrate Cowper's neighbour and friend John Newton, who played a critical role in the abolition of the slave trade and wrote the famous anthem Amazing Grace.

Living Archive

Living Archive was one of the first people's history projects to be set up in the UK. Over the last 30 years it has built up a major collection of film, oral history and photographic records telling the story of life in the Milton Keynes area. It also manages the Discover Milton Keynes Showcase on behalf of the Milton Keynes Heritage Association. It has a changing programme of community-based projects, enabling people to get involved in documenting and bringing to life the history of their area.

Milton Keynes Museum

Do touch is the philosophy at Milton Keynes Museum where more than 200 years of local industry and rural life are featured in a series of brilliant recreations and hands-on displays. Alongside relics from pre-history days the museum comes back up to date in the new Connected Earth area - telling the story of communications in full, interactive technicolour.

View a video about Heritage MK