Read About MK’s Heritage in “The People’s Stories”

In January 2017, Milton Keynes celebrated its 50th birthday. Inspired by this anniversary, Living Archive MK set out to capture local memories and interviewed more than 50 people. They recorded the stories of a wide range of people, from those early pioneers who arrived 50 years ago, to those who have been drawn here in recent years. From those existing residents who faced the upheaval of a city being built around them, to those who were born here and have always called it home.

From these ordinary people come a series of extraordinary stories, covering work, transport, community, arts, heritage, and music. In the book you can read about:
– how a community show opened the new Milton Keynes theatre
– the special bylaws that allowed the redways to be built
– the rise and fall of the National Hockey Stadium
– how the secrets of Bletchley Park were first revealed to the public
– the builder who delivered the concrete for the concrete cows
– how a stilt-walker got into trouble for appearing in the famous red balloon advert.

And much more!

In these pages, more than 50 residents of Milton Keynes reveal their memories of the city’s past and their hopes for its future. Their stories are a celebration of community and culture in a unique and sometimes misunderstood town.
Featuring personal stories collected from interviews, and hidden gems from Living Archive MK’s photographic collection, this book is the portrait of a city through a selection of its residents – the story of Milton Keynes in the words of its people.

The book is available for £7 (plus P&P) from or by telephone on 01908 322568.