• Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

When everyone gets to peek behind doors that are usually locked, or sneak in free to places that usually charge. 15,000 people did that in 2017; getting a sneak peek at secret gardens, private concerts, and even the courts... everyone gets to see into the lives of buildings and people in the city.

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  • Our celebration of Heritage in Milton Keynes

Celebration of Heritage in Milton Keynes

When everyone gets to peek behind doors that are usually locked, or sneak in free to places that usually charge. 15,000 people did that in 2017; getting a sneak peek at secret gardens, private concerts, and even the courts... everyone gets to see into the lives of buildings and people in the city.

39 minutes ago

Heritage MK

It’ll be extra busy when you re-open!Lockdown at the museum...our deserted street of shops ... See MoreSee Less

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14 hours ago

Heritage MK

It’s a great place!Okay, so I don’t think that anything we will cover on this week’s #GreatBucksTour stop in #Hedsor will top these amazing virtual tours of Hedsor House: www.hedsor.com/hedsor-house-virtual-tour

Hedsor House holds its own in the premiere league of Bucks stately piles (medieval origins, YES, royal or political connections, YES, intriguing secretive military role in the 20th century, YES).

Let’s check-out its key events:

The area was home, circa 1066 to the De Hedsor family.

A Tudor-style manor was built by Rowland Hynd in 1583, which incorporated parts of an earlier building.

It gets a little hazy in the 1700s, because of the close associations between the 4 parties involved: George III, his mother Princess Augusta, architect Sir William Chambers, & the Boston family.

We know that Augusta used Hedsor as a residence circa 1760s. We know that on at least 1 occasion Chambers was hired to remodel the house, possibly working with George III on the plans. We know that the property passed to the Boston family circa 1790s.

Chambers’ Hedsor was entirely replaced by J.T. Knowles’s Hedsor between 1865-1868, for 4th Lord Boston. It's by-&-large this version that we know today. In the 19th century Hedsor was visited by the Bostsons' friends, including Queen Victoria.

It was re-modelled & ‘Georgianised’ by Darcy Baker, 1925; at around this time the Boston estate was broken up and Hedsor House was sold, eventually being gifted to the Shepherd family in the 1930s.

After WW2 the Shepherds leased Hedsor House, firstly to the US Air Force. We hear rumours that they used it as a hub for their European intelligence operations. In the 1960s it was leased to International Computers Ltd., a nationalised tech firm, established by Minister for Technology, Tony Benn. They used Hedsor as a training college.

In the 2000s the Shepherd family extensively renovated Hedsor, today it's a party-pad for the rich & famous, and a prestige filming location.

Hedsor House & Park
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17 hours ago

Heritage MK

Loving all this balloons!It's #MKBirthday week this week, so celebrate with us as our town turns 54 - there's lots planned with our Heritage MK partners this week so look out for plenty of things to keep you amused over the coming days!

Find out how Living Archive MK preserves your local memories here: www.livingarchive.org.uk/.../background-of-living...

#LoveMK #livingarchivemk #history #historyinpictures #miltonkeynes #heritage #photooftheday #culture #archive #photography #documentaryphotography #socialphotography #britishculture #britishphotography #redballoons #balloonrelease
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17 hours ago

Heritage MK

Something to watch and learn fromIts #MKBirthday week! We’re celebrating with @HeritageMK @destinationmk @AHA_MK and sharing videos that celebrate our new town in the run up to MK's 54th birthday on the 23rd. A link to the full programme can be found here▶️ bit.ly/3qroFy0

We're kicking off with one for those interested in delving deeper into the history of Milton Keynes. Watch our handy guide to searching and browsing our online archive catalogue and learn how to make the most of our useful resource: bit.ly/3824RLq

#lovemk #MKCDC #BradwellAbbey

[Image description: screenshot of our archive guide]
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17 hours ago

Heritage MK

He was a truly inspirational guy!It's #MartinLutherKingDay !

Did you know, part of Luther King's speeches can be tracked back to our little museum in Olney?
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In 1788, William Cowper was asked to write something to support the work of the Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, which his friend John Newton was a part of. The resulting poem (a version in Cowper's handwriting is pictured) became extremely popular and could be sung to the song Hosier's Ghosts (Listen here: buff.ly/2LDLdN7).
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200 years later on 10th February 1966, Martin Luther King chose to quote this section of the poem in a speech in Wesleyan University:
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“Fleecy locks and black complexion cannot forfeit nature’s claim, Skin may differ but affection dwells in black and white the same. If I were so tall as to reach the pole or to grasp the ocean at a span, I must be measured by my soul, the mind is the standard of the man.”

You can listen to the speech here: buff.ly/3scEPxa (he quotes Cowper at 18:33).
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20 hours ago

Heritage MK

Someone else is 54 today!! MK was not the only birth! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago

Heritage MK

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2 days ago

Heritage MK

Looks like they had fun xIn this week's Wolverton On Film we see how country dancing might have brought the North Bucks schools together, but they didn't always have the best weather for it...

Watch it here: www.livingarchive.org.uk/content/catalogue_item/the-wolverton-on-film-collection/week-53-country-...

If you enjoy watching this film please consider clicking on the link below to make a £1 donation and help us make lots more films in the future! ow.ly/756E50B3ofC

#LoveMK #livingarchivemk #history #miltonkeynes #heritage #culture #archive #socialphotography #filmmaking #britishculture #wolvertononfilm #wolverton #wolvertonpark #countrydancing
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3 days ago

Heritage MK

Don’t we all enjoy a bit of scandal? ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

Heritage MK

How did they keep those aprons so clean?Time for this week's installment from our series That Reminds Me, a weekly column by writer Harold Hepworth, published in the Bletchley Gazette from January 1973 to December 1978. This week, there's someting in the water....

You can read it here: www.livingarchive.org.uk/content/catalogue_item/that-reminds-me/growing-town-brought-a-touch-of-c...

#LoveMK #livingarchivemk #history #miltonkeynes #heritage #culture #archive #britishculture #thatremindsme #bletchleygazette #bletchley

Pic: Oxford Street, Bletchley, circa 1912.
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4 days ago

Heritage MK

We’re celebrating the 54th birthday on the 23,January , visit www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk/events/milton-keynes-birthday-week-2021/ to see what’s on! ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

Heritage MK

I didn’t know there was so much history in MK around skateboarding!MK Skate - A History of Skateboarding in Milton Keynes.
Seems like its a great read for all the family and across the generations too!
mkskate.org/book

Created as part of the MK Skate project with the support of National Lottery Heritage Fund and Milton Keynes Council
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4 days ago

Heritage MK

I remember my dad driving one like these!Historic commercial vehicles, anyone? Historic commercial vehicle rally, Up City, September 1979.

Find out how Living Archive MK preserves your local memories here: www.livingarchive.org.uk/.../background-of-living...

#LoveMK #livingarchivemk #history #historyinpictures #miltonkeynes #heritage #photooftheday #culture #archive #photography #documentaryphotography #socialphotography #britishculture #britishphotography #1970s #upcity #centremk #commercialvehicles #historicvehicles #oldtrucks
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