Bletchley Park's Victorian mansion

Cultural institutions host events to celebrate Milton Keynes at 50

Events include historical re-enactments, community art projects and walking tours
Cultural institutions in Milton Keynes are hosting events and offering discounts as part of MK50 – the town’s 50th birthday celebrations.
Bletchley Park is offering residents with an MK postcode a 50% discount on the cost of admission on Mondays until 31 December. The National Museum of Computing, which is also celebrating 10 years at the Bletchley Park site, is offering local families half price entry for the rest of the year.

Heritage MK, comprising Milton Keynes Museum, Bletchley Park, Living Archive, City Discovery Centre and Cowper and Newton Museum, will be putting on historical re-enactments in Campbell Park, which will include events relating to the English civil war and the second world war.

Social enterprise group Patchwork People will create 50 quilts featuring designs that reflect each of the town’s 50 years, which will be on show at an exhibition taking place at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone from 15-23 July.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) and the MK Gallery are hosting The Missing Building – an exhibition that features school children's designs for a building on an undeveloped site in central Milton Keynes. The exhibition is on at the MK Gallery until 24 June.
The MK50 Art Trail app takes users on a tour of the town’s public art collections. The featured artworks are accompanied by stories written by writer-in-residence Rachel Barnett, who is running workshops with schools and community groups.  

The development of Milton Keynes began following its formal designation as a new town in 1967. Its purpose was to help alleviate housing shortages and provide a commercial centre for Buckinghamshire.

Milton Keynes Museum is looking to raise £1.5m to fund two new galleries, ancient MK, which will tell the story of the city from pre-history to 1800, and modern MK, exploring the ideas and innovations behind the contemporary city.


We said the Campbell Park events would be organised by the Milton Keynes Heritage Association. In fact they are run by Heritage MK.