• 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.

15 hours ago

Heritage MK

They’re great!We love our selection of old metal advertising signs. Bright, bold and to the point! Do you remember any signs from times past? ... See MoreSee Less

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15 hours ago

Heritage MK

Book your visit soon!We are excited to announce that you can now visit the garden every Wednesday and Saturday between 11am and 3pm (visit the website for more information - cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk/visit-us/). One of the highlights of our garden is Cowper's summer house. Keep reading to find out why it's so special...

'The Verse Manufactory'

Cowper spent much time alone, reading and writing, in the Summer House, as ‘a refuge from all intrusion’, ‘in which to invoke his Muse’, hearing only birdsong from the trees. He invited only his closest friends into his 'verse manufactory'. Writing to William Unwin, Cowper described the Summerhouse as ‘a nook... not much bigger than a sedan-chair’, and the garden around it as ‘crowded with pinks, roses, and honey-suckles’. He teased Lady Hesketh that they would be ‘as close packed as two wax figures in an old-fashioned picture frame’ when she visited him there. After Cowper's death, the Summer House became a shrine to literary pilgrims, who signed their names on the building's interior walls.

Need to catch up on the series so far? Click this hashtag - #cowperscrashcourse - to access them all in one place!⁠

#SummerHouse #CowperAndNewtonMuseum #William Cowper
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15 hours ago

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People don’t understand how and when 🙂This week's Wolverton On Film answers the great question of exactly how the produce gets onto the shelves in Tescos, by following a humble toilet roll on its epic journey from stockroom to front-of-house.

You can watch it here: www.livingarchive.org.uk/content/catalogue_item/the-wolverton-on-film-collection/week-31-journey-...

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! www.livingarchive.org.uk/content/about-us/make-a-donatio

#LoveMK #livingarchivemk #history #miltonkeynes #heritage #culture #archive #socialphotography #filmmaking #britishculture #wolvertononfilm
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15 hours ago

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I’d be useless, but make a great cup of tea!Can you keep a secret? 🤫

Our Learning Team has created some family-learning resources to complete at home or when you visit 🔍

What job would you have at Bletchley Park? Take our quiz to find out then complete your training! 🕵🏼‍♂️

Download our learning activities from our website ⬇️

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15 hours ago

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And a lovely place and space to enjoy 🙂Who wants to follow Nero's example and find a shady spot and recline this Sunday?🙋‍♀️

We're just one week away from the start of 'The Mystery of Bancroft Villa', when you'll be able to head to our YouTube channel to find out how to make your own Roman sword and spear, create magnificent mosaics and make bread fit for a banquet!
#BradwellAbbey #MKCDC #HistoricEngland
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2 days ago

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Cats love locations more than people I think 🙂Today is #InternationalCatDay! Cowper owned a cat and even wrote a poem about it in 1791 called The Retired Cat. It begins...

"A POET'S cat, sedate and grave,
As poet well could wish to have,
Was much addicted to inquire
For nooks, to which she might retire,
And where, secure as mouse in chink,
She might repose, or sit and think.
I know not where she caught the trick—
Nature perhaps herself had cast her
In such a mould PHILOSOPHIQUE,
Or else she learn'd it of her master.
Sometimes ascending, debonair,
An apple-tree or lofty pear,
Lodg'd with convenience in the fork,
She watched the gard'ner at his work;
Sometimes her ease and solace sought
In an old empty wat'ring-pot,
There, wanting nothing, save a fan,
To seem some nymph in her sedan,
Apparell'd in exactest sort,
And ready to be borne to court...

#Poetry #WilliamCowper #CowperAndNewtonMuseum
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2 days ago

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The glorious introduction of the postcode, baffled many!Here's 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, Harold has a good-natured moan about that new-fangled instrument of Big Brother, the postcode.

You can read it here: www.livingarchive.org.uk/content/catalogue_item/that-reminds-me/gone-is-the-personal-touch-under-...

#LoveMK #livingarchivemk #history #miltonkeynes #heritage #culture #archive #britishculture #thatremindsme #bletchley
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2 days ago

Heritage MK

The font is sovrecognisableAah, these little yellow packets (part of our toys exhibit) bring back great childhood memories. Who didn't 'puff' on a plastic cigarette or hide a plastic arachnid to freak out a teacher? And what about the classic 'nail thru finger'?! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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Timeline PhotosThe Summer House Garden

This was the property of the adjacent house from 1715 until 1919, when it was purchased by the Museum after many years of dedicated fundraising. The Summer House Garden was the Physic Garden of Cowper's neighbour, the apothecary Thomas Aspray, and separated the gardens of Orchard Side and the Vicarage. Cowper and Newton paid Aspray for the right to take a shortcut across it and the area now known as Guinea Orchard. The Summer House was Aspray's smoking room, but Cowper took it on after Aspray's death, and continued to cultivate the Summer House Garden for the remainder of his residence at Orchard Side.

Tickets still remain to visit our gardens tomorrow. To find out more visit: cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk/visit-us/

#CowperAndNewtonMuseum #Museum Garden
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3 days ago

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Clean cows!MK Heritage Open Days is back from 11 to 20 September!

Our friends at MK Museum are looking forward to welcoming you back for the annual Beer Festival - and it's al fresco this year!

More details & booking info here: www.livingarchive.org.uk/events/event/mk-museum-heritage-open-days-beer-festival

And see the full events list on our website here*: www.livingarchive.org.uk/events/category/events

*Please note that the embedded "find out more" links to the national HOD site will not be live until the 11th August.

#LoveMK #livingarchivemk #history #miltonkeynes #heritage #culture #archive #heritageopendays #MKHODs
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3 days ago

Heritage MK

Mmm - not so sure of this potion!We have potions for this, that and the other these days. But back in the day, Martin & Son's Peppermint Waters would have taken care of any ailment, seemingly: '...should be taken at all times before going out in cold, wet, or foggy weather; also being highly recommended for the Cure of Wind, Spasms, Coughs, Colds, Pains around the Heart, Cramps, Indigestion, and all Pains inwardly.'
You'll find it in our chemist store in the street of shops.
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3 days ago

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3 days ago

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Why not take a walk in the grounds, they’re beautiful 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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Great place to spend a day, come rain or shine 🙂It's going to be another hot one this weekend! 🔥

Make sure you seek out the shade if you need it (and ice cream🍦)

Don't forget to bring sunscreen and plenty of water too! 😎

Pre-book your weekend visit now ➡️ ow.ly/Gj9V50AQmeI
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