Milton Keynes Museum invites contributions for substantial new community exhibition

    ​​​​​​​Milton Keynes Museum is inviting residents to contribute to a new exhibition to highlight the communities that have helped shaped the town and express what the town means to them.

    ‘We Are Milton Keynes, Too’ is a substantial community-focused project which has been made possible thanks to the support of Arts Council England/National Lottery Grant.

    It will provide a platform for everyone to explain and explore what Milton Keynes means to them.

    Museum director Bill Griffiths explained: “The museum was started and is held in trust for the people of Milton Keynes – that is all the people. It should include your Milton Keynes, particularly if your story is not being told.”

    “We Are Milton Keynes, Too is an exciting opportunity for residents to think about what the town represents to them.”

    “After all MK is the largest designed new town in the whole of Europe, and it has been shaped by the many communities that have moved here.”

    “It might represent a new beginning or a fresh start for an individual or a family. It might be the place that allowed dreams to be realised.”

    “It might be a celebration of one of our many green spaces, or perhaps a music venue. It could be a skate park, a supportive charity, a particular aspect of our history. There are no limits.”

    Perhaps you can sum up the place you call home with a particular artefact, a piece of artwork, a poem, a piece of drama, or in a song.

    Anyone can submit to the project; individuals, families, streets or schools, religious groups and community groups.

    Launching against the pandemic backdrop, the project will begin life online, using the website and associated social media channels before the personal reflections are gathered together to form a physical exhibition.

    These submissions will create a rich tapestry displaying the diversity that makes Milton Keynes unique.

    The museum already shares history through interactive galleries, a schools programme, exhibitions that are co-curated with community groups, and close to 300 dedicated volunteers.

    ‘We Are Milton Keynes, Too’ exhibits will form part of the backbone of the museum’s new gallery.

    Mr Griffiths added: “Some people think that museums are about fossils and ancient history, and of course we stand for that, but we also want to shine a big light on life here now – after all, it is the history of tomorrow.”

    “This isn’t our exhibition, it is your exhibition and we want it to reflect as many aspects of Milton Keynes as possible.”

    He concluded: “Ultimately, we want ‘We Are Milton Keynes, Too’ to provide a sense of place, creativity and ownership for everyone.”

    The physical exhibition is expected to launch in December and will run for 2-3 months. Submissions are welcome through the museum’s email address immediately.

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