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Everyone's invited to enjoy free Heritage Open Days

Date Posted:20/07/2017

The past will come to life in more than 70 free Heritage Open Days events from 7th and 10th September, part of Milton Keynes’ 50th anniversary celebrations.

Admission will be free at key attractions including Milton Keynes Museum, Bletchley Park (200 free tickets per day), Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney, Buckingham’s Old Gaol Museum, Claydon House and Chandos Hall Museum in Newport Pagnell.

And a host of other local venues, historic sites and churches will be opening their doors with hands-on activities, performances, archive film screenings and guided tours exploring many different facets of Milton Keynes’ rich heritage.

With so many family-friendly activities taking place across the city and surrounding towns and villages, there's something for everyone. At MK50 Heritage Open Days, you can:

  • Get out and about: explore Central Milton Keynes’ landmark artworks and the local legacy of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, or take guided heritage tours in Bletchley, Wolverton, Shenley Wood, Great Brickhill, Willen, North Crawley, Woburn Sands, Sherington, Winslow and elsewhere
  • Meet the past face-to-face: quiz members of the Western Front Association about World War One, chat to volunteers restoring the Buckingham Canal, or consult a family history expert
  • Engage with art: tour the city’s largest art collection at Milton Keynes Hospital, explore the Japanese connection with the Gyosei Art Trail or enjoy a day of artist-led demonstrations at Milton Keynes Arts Centre
  • Look in at your local library: Central Milton Keynes, Wolverton and Stony Stratford libraries are all hosting events, and CMK has designed the Young Heritage Hunters Trail especially for 4-14s
  • Do something different: try your hand at playing Stony Stratford’s restored Willis pipe organ, take a trip back to 1967 in Simpson and Woughton, watch Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court in action, or see how our ancient ancestors dealt with rubbish and recycling
  • Have fun: at Bradwell Abbey's Medieval Family Fun Day, Milton Keynes Museum's ever-popular Open Days BBQ Beer and Cider Festival, Festive Road’s puppet workshop, and much more besides

Liz Gifford, Milton Keynes Council Cabinet Member for Place including Heritage, said: “Throughout this year our MK50 programme is bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together to celebrate the city’s 50th anniversary. Heritage is an essential part of the MK50 story - we are celebrating the history, architecture, design, landscapes, art, culture and people that have gone into making Milton Keynes the amazing place it is today.”

Mel Jeavons of Heritage UK, said: “Heritage Open Days 2017 are at the heart of MK50, and we invite everyone to join in these free and inclusive events and discover more about the rich and fascinating heritage on their doorsteps.”

For full details of the many activities and events happening in and around Milton Keynes between Thursday 7th and Sunday 10th September 2017 go to:

You can also follow Milton Keynes Heritage Open Days on Twitter using #MKHODs.