A new exhibition launching at Milton Keynes Museum this week puts the town's rich musical heritage firmly in the spotlight.
The feast of photographs, records and memorabilia spans the artists that live here and frequent our local venues, through to the world-famous performers who have wowed on the National Bowl stage.
There is also a look at the musical releases created at Linford Manor, which welcomed guests including Biffy Clyro, PJ Harvey and Jamiroquai during its time as a residential studio.
“Milton Keynes has such a rich musical heritage, and this show definitely proves it,” said Sammy Jones, author and owner of the Milton Keynes Music Archive, WFS.
“It is a real trip down memory lane, and an opportunity for people to reacquaint themselves with our brilliantly creative past.”
Marshall Amplification is one of the biggest names in music, and the international brand has been resident in Bletchley for more than half a century.
The exhibition gives a nod to its founder Jim Marshall, and to Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, who enjoyed a hugely successful international career of their own.
Despite that, they managed to set up The Stables music venue in their locality too.
In 2020 it celebrated its half century. “Jim was an astute businessman and his steely determination and brilliant work ethic turned the Marshall Amplification name into an iconic brand. What he achieved is truly inspiring,” Sammy said.
“John and Cleo were as prolific as they were talented, and their passion for music was second to none.
“It's only right that we celebrate the contribution all three made to Milton Keynes.”
The National Bowl collection is full of images – many previously unseen – from artists including David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Linkin Park, AC/DC, Status Quo and many more.
There is also a large archive of local bands, promotions and venues.
“Most people's first live music or clubbing experience is in their locality, and those memories live forever – whether you watched one of the many bands who took to the stage at The Pitz, or enjoyed nights out at Ultra Vegas, you'll find something to stir memories. And we want those memories too – we'll be inviting visitors to fill in a postcard sharing details of their favourite MK show, which will contribute to a 'wall of sound memories,' so have a think and come prepared!”
'Milton Keynes – Wired For Sound' opens at MK Museum on Friday (August 27).
It runs throughout September during usual museum hours and every Thursday evening (4.30pm-8.30pm).