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Our team is continuing its work creating public buildings for the community with two new galleries for MK Museum in Milton Keynes that tell the key stories of this town, from pre-history times right up to the present day.
An ancient Milton Keynes gallery will cover everything from Stone Age and Roman times through to this area’s role during the Wars of the Roses and Civil War. Crucially, it will also see key archaeological finds returned to Milton Keynes where local people can see and enjoy them.
Alongside will sit a second large gallery telling the story of how a corner of North Buckinghamshire was planned to become the UK’s most ambitious new city, and of the people, organisations and events that have been a part of Milton Keynes’ first 50 years including special exhibits featuring some of Milton Keynes’ biggest success stories: Marshall Amplification, Red Bull Racing and The Open University.
Originally founded in 1973 by a group of local people, the museum went from strength to strength until it burnt down in 1996 destroying the museum’s grade II Listed threshing barn and cowshed, both built in the 1850s, and two smaller buildings. Many agricultural implements, stationary engines, cameras, radios and domestic items were severely damaged or destroyed. The Museum was rebuilt and we are now delighted to be adding to its legacy with this fantastic new extension.
Museum Director Bill Griffiths: “Our aims are as ambitious ever: to create a fantastic museum of which the people of Milton Keynes can be proud, which draws in people from all over the UK and allows us to bring home the unique archaeology of this area.
“We are immensely grateful to Milton Keynes Council for its continuing support and to local people who are visiting in ever greater numbers. This is their museum and we are committed to retaining what they love about what is already here.”
Peter Owen, managing director at Willmott Dixon said: “This is a really exciting project for Milton Keynes as the two galleries will act as a real showcase for the city’s heritage, telling its story to the local community and those visiting from further afield. This project will have a real lasting legacy in the city and we are very proud to be a part of it.”
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