In Lockdown, Milton Keynes Museum asked ‘What does Milton Keynes mean to you?’ and the responses of residents helped inform their planned exhibition.
‘We Are Milton Keynes, Too’ is a community-focused project made possible thanks to support from Arts Council England/National Lottery Grant. People were invited to sum up the exciting new town that is their home with a particular artefact, piece of artwork, poem, a piece of drama, or a song. It could be something else – anything at all – whatever they chose.
Everyone was invited to take part; individuals, families, streets or schools, religious and community groups.
The museum already shares history through interactive galleries, a schools’ programme, exhibitions that are co-curated with community groups, and over 200 dedicated volunteers.
With the help of the community, the submissions will create a rich tapestry displaying the diversity that makes MK unique.
“The museum was started and is held in trust for the people of Milton Keynes – that is all the people. It should be a platform for everyone to tell their story, and it was a welcome opportunity for residents to think about what the town represents to them,” said Museum director Bill Griffiths, “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.”
“Some people think that museums are about fossils and ancient history, and of course we stand for that, but we also wanted 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 wanted it to reflect as many aspects of Milton Keynes as possible,” Bill added, “…to provide a sense of place, creativity and ownership for everyone.”
For more information or to contribute, email: firstname.lastname@example.org