• 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.

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Certainly smiling with this beautiful
Weather 🙂When all within is peace,�
How nature seems to smile!�
Delights that never cease,�
The live-long day beguile.�
From morn to dewy eve,�
With open hand she showers�
Fresh blessings to deceive,�
And soothe the silent hours.��

It is content of heart�
Gives nature power to please;�
The mind that feels no smart�
Enlivens all it sees,�
Can make a wintry sky�
Seem bright as smiling May,�
And evening's closing eye�
As peep of early day.��

The vast majestic globe,�
So beauteously array’d�In nature's various robe,�
With wondrous skill display’d,�
Is to a mourner's heart
�A dreary wild at best;
�It flutters to depart,�
And longs to be at rest.


Song - Written at the Request of Lady Austen, by William Cowper. It is set to the tune "The Lass of Patties Mill"




#poetry #LadyAusten #TheLassofPattiesMill #olneyhymns #williamcowper #cowperandnewtonmuseum
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11 hours ago

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I never got the hang of this shorthand - found Teeline much easier!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 talks about lost art of taking shorthand. You can read it here: www.livingarchive.org.uk/content/catalogue_item/that-reminds-me/talking-shop-on-the-subject-of-sh...

#LoveMK #livingarchivemk #history #miltonkeynes #heritage #culture #archive #britishculture #thatremindsme #bletchley #shorthand
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Everyone should grow their own if they can 🙂Did you know: Cowper grew a variety of vegetables, including: Lettuces, Cauliflowers, Cucumbers, Asparagus, Apples, and Pears. We try to keep our garden as similar to what he would have grown as possible.




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2 days ago

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Looks a bit risky !The Hazard Alley Safety Centre float, MK Carnival, 1996. What a relief that fake tan technology has come on so well since then.

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

#LoveMK #livingarchivemk #history #historyinpictures #miltonkeynes #heritage #photooftheday #culture #archive #photography #socialphotography #britishculture #carnival #1990s #hazardalley
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2 days ago

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And Diane’s cakes are as amazing as she is!COOKING WITH OUR DIANE!

Our Granary Cafe is a popular stop-off with visitors who love Diane Roder's delicious homemade selection of cakes and pastries.
Earlier in the month we shared her famous recipe for Bread Pudding and (not surprisingly) it was a huge hit.

Diane is a real baker extraordinaire, and while lockdown continues, she has promised to share some of the secrets from her recipe book, which is usually kept under lock and key!
This week, Diane is sharing her recipe for scones. Yum!

If you make some, please send us your pictures - inbox them to us (and also tell us what you think should go on first - the jam, or the cream 🤔

Here's the recipe:

Scones.

1 lb. Self Raising Flour

4 ozs. Caster Sugar

4 ozs. Soft Spread (or Butter if you prefer )

1 Egg & Milk

Sieve flour and rub in fat and sugar. Add egg and sufficient milk to make a soft but not wet dough.

Gather mixture together and roll out to about 1" thickness. Place on baking tray and put in a hot oven (200c or reg.7) until golden brown.

This will make about 9 (3") scones. If you want fruit scones add 4 ozs. sultanas to the mixture.

Fancy a savoury alternative? For cheese scones omit the sugar and add 6ozs. finely grated cheese. Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle with a little of the cheese.

Happy eating 🙂
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3 days ago

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Lovely drawing!Our favourite place in Milton Keynes is obviously Bradwell Abbey! So we've drawn St. Mary's Chapel for the New Town Heritage Explorers #MK2050City Draw challenge - what do you think? Check out the video for tips on drawing your fave place in MK - youtu.be/PrWHx71nSl4
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3 days ago

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3 days ago

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I think our roads and streets are safer an quieter in lockdown too!"By faith in Christ I walk with God,
With heav’n , my journeys’-end, in view;
Supported by his staff and rod,
My road is safe and pleasant too.

I travel thro’ a desart [desert] wide,
Where many round me blindly stray;
But He vouchsafes to be my guide,
And will not let me miss my way."


Hymn 4 from the Olney Hymns. This one is by John Newton and based on the Bible verse: Genesis 5:24




#OlneyHymns #JohnNewton #CowperAndNewtonMuseum
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3 days ago

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I wonder if I’ll look like this after lockdown!MK Carnival, 1996. The show must go on, even in the face of an imminent giant sumo invasion.

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

#LoveMK #livingarchivemk #history #historyinpictures #miltonkeynes #heritage #photooftheday #culture #archive #photography #socialphotography #britishculture #majorettes #sumo #carnival #1990s
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3 days ago

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Timeline PhotosHere is the full photo reveal from this week's #WhatIsItWednesday ⬇️

The object is a set of Enigma I Rotors from our 'Bombe Breakthrough' exhibition. Did you get it right? ⚙️

On 15 December 1938, the Germans started to use more rotors with Enigma. Three rotors could now be chosen from a range of five and inserted into the machine in any order.

Encryption became more secure, and messages harder to decipher because the possible Enigma rotor order increased from 6 to 60!

Find out more about how an Enigma machine works by watching our YouTube video, 'A Closer Look at Enigma' ➡️ youtu.be/3Ux03qPgYVY
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3 days ago

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We have a family bible, but battered but part of our history! ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

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Is it a torture mechanism?My Favourite Object: Paul Swannell, Room Guide

"My favourite is the wooden Mouse splatterer in the kitchen. I never call it a mouse trap as no vermin would escape the weight of the top part coming down upon them.
As a room guide and in the kitchen I always point this artefact out referring to it as my favourite and get the children to guess what it is. Few are right but when I activate the release mechanism with the help of a wooden spoon the answer soon arises.
I like this piece as it produces excited interaction from visitors and I like the simple mechanism that inflicts such devastating results."

Pity those poor little mice from years ago, cheerfully seeking out a crumb of cheese, but coming into contact with this beast instead. Ouch!
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4 days ago

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Looks a bit sinister to meAll the inflatable fun of the fair with the MK Citizen at the MK Carnival, 1996.

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

#LoveMK #livingarchivemk #history #historyinpictures #miltonkeynes #heritage #photooftheday #culture #archive #photography #socialphotography #britishculture #mkcitizen #carnival #bouncycastle
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