• 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.

7 hours ago

Heritage MK

Good day to be in Olney!On your marks, get set, flip!


Every year, Shrove Tuesday sees the women and children of Olney compete in Pancake Races, a tradition started in 1445. We are not sure where this tradition started: some say it was after a housewife, upon hearing the shriving bell, ran to church still in her apron and clutching her frying pan (containing a pancake), whilst others say that pancakes were given to the Ringer to bribe him into ringing the bell sooner to begin the day’s celebrations. Now a yearly competition, the race is run between the market square and the church, a distance of 415 yards, and is started by the ringing of this bell, which the museum looks after during the rest of the year, before each competitor flips their pancake and then runs like the wind…




@olneypancakerace #shrovetuesday #pancakeday #pancakerace #cowperandnewtonmuseum
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8 hours ago

Heritage MK

CoolA wonderful 5* review: 'What a neat little museum'
We think so too! 🙂
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9 hours ago

Heritage MK

At the Charity Meet Up this morning, guests from all types of charities from Age U.K. to Tabby Tifger ... See MoreSee Less

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1 day ago

Heritage MK

Not a good part of English history!In 1787, The Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade was created. As part of his work with them, Newton wrote ‘Thoughts on the African Slave Trade’ in 1788, a pamphlet that was circulated to MPs. Newton also gave evidence against the Slave Trade to the Privy Council when they were investigating it.
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Need to catch up on the series so far? Click this hashtag - #cowperscrashcourse - to access them all in one place!⁠




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1 day ago

Heritage MK

This looks jolly!Stomping around with the Fenny Stompers. The year was 1988 and The Brasserie at The Point was the place to see and be seen...

Find out how Living Archive MK preserves your local memories & browse our online book sale: ow.ly/cuzs50yodYy

#lovemk #livingarchivemk #history #historyinpictures #miltonkeynes #heritage #photooftheday #culture #archive #photography #1980s #socialphotography #britishculture #upcity #thepoint #fennystompers #jazzband
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1 day ago

Heritage MK

Any ideas?Another #MondayMystery image! Anyone know what church this is? Quite possibly not even in #MiltonKeynes? Who knows?! Please share 😁🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♂️🧐 ... See MoreSee Less

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1 day ago

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How can you forget the most important person?A little advance notice - Mother's Day is coming up!
Take the hassle out of present buying and give your mum a treat this March 22; bring her for Mother's Day Tea at the museum. We’ll serve up tasty finger sandwiches, cream scones with jam, and a yummy choice of the museum’s famous homemade cakes - and mum will get a little gift too.
Places for the 4pm sitting (but you can arrive earlier and look around the museum, of course) are £15 and advance booking is essential. Call us on 01908 316222 to book yours now.
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2 days ago

Heritage MK

That long ago?Time for our weekly dip into the history of Wolverton. Back in 1986 when British Rail Engineering made the decision to shrink the Railway Works to a third of its size, Living Archive employed photographer Dave Runnacles to photograph the Works and its employees before the changes were made. At the same time Roger Kitchen did 20 audio interviews. Dave’s exhibition was held in the old Canteen and Roger created a tape-slide show to accompany it using Dave’s colour photos and extracts from the interviews.

Click the link to watch: ow.ly/PIMi50yofV1

#loveMK #livingarchivemk #history #historyonfilm #miltonkeynes #heritage #culture #archive #filmmaking #wolverton #wolvertonworks #britishculture
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2 days ago

Heritage MK

Open today, get out of the wind and have some fun ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago

Heritage MK

On the countdown nowToday marks 75 days until VE Day.

75 years ago, the war in Europe was reaching a climax. At Bletchley Park, Hut 6 was facing its biggest crisis of WWII as the Germans continued to use complex call-sign encryption and frequency changes for Luftwaffe Enigma transmissions.

But in a few months, it would be over.

Join us on 8 May for a VE Day celebration as we mark #VEDay75 🇬🇧

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3 days ago

Heritage MK

Still time to visitIt's still half term and we're still having lots of fun - come and get involved in our science experiments, get chatty in our Connected Earth Gallery, step up a gear at the transport hall and much more (and don't forget we have the scrummiest cakes for miles around!) We're open until 4.30pm, and will do all again tomorrow... ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

Heritage MK

Blue does set off the paintings very wellA while ago, we asked you what colour we were painting the Hall. The answer? Blue! It is the perfect background for the many portraits hanging in the room, including this one of Cowper. Be sure to check out this newly painted room on your next visit, it's after the kitchen.




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3 days ago

Heritage MK

What a sight!MK's fashion moments No 4: Musical Youth making a music video up city, early 1980s - is that a Pringle cardi I see before me??

Find out how Living Archive MK preserves your local memories & browse our online book sale: ow.ly/cuzs50yodYy

#lovemk #livingarchivemk #history #historyinpictures #miltonkeynes #heritage #photooftheday #culture #archive #photography #1980s #socialphotography #britishculture #mkfashionweek #upcity #pringle #musicalyouth #musicvideo
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