Get involved in our expansion appeal

Get involved in our expansion appeal

A transformation is underway: two major new galleries telling the full story of the MK area. 

Our vision is to create one of the best museums in the country: we need your help to make it happen.

As Milton Keynes celebrates its 50th birthday, Milton Keynes Museum’s expansion will ensure the city’s past and present is preserved for future generations to enjoy. From pre-history through to the 1800s the ancient MK gallery gives us the chance to bring back the area’s rich archaeology. Our modern MK gallery will be an exciting exploration of the innovative ideas, inspiring people and world-leading businesses who’ve made MK what it is.

What’s happening?

Ancient Milton Keynes gallery

From the discovery of the UK’s largest Bronze Age roundhouse to the first marriage of King to commoner, Milton Keynes has some fantastic stories to tell. Among this gallery’s highlights:

♦ as you enter be plunged back to prehistoric times when Milton Keynes was under a tropical sea with ichthyosaurs swimming over your head;

♦ join our time team, practising the craft of archaeology to uncover treasures from the past;

♦ eavesdrop on Roman soldiers returning from battle to their base alongside Watling Street

♦ relive the Wars of the Roses through the eyes of Elizabeth Woodville – the commoner who married a king – and her unfortunate son, the uncrowned Edward V , captured at Stony Stratford and known to history as one of the murdered ‘princes in the tower’;the Museum's hands-on approach to history will be a major part of the new exhibitions

♦ enter – if you dare – the rooms of Thomas Willis and Dr John Radcliffe to assist in the surgery and discoveries that gave birth to modern health care.

Milton Keynes has had more archaeological excavation than any similar area in the UK but until now the finds have been in storage or dispersed to other museums. For the first time this important part of our heritage will be returned and on display in this gallery.

Modern Milton Keynes gallery

Fifty years on from Milton Keynes creation as ‘the new city’, here’s a chance to celebrate our successes, lament our failures, and recognise the part we’ve all played in transforming a corner of Buckinghamshire countryside into the biggest and boldest experiment in building a new community.

♦ Experience what went into imagining then building a successful modern city, and what lessons are still useful half a century later;

♦ Have a go at creating your own marketing campaign, inspired by the ideas of MK’s original promoters whose posters everyone still remembers;

♦ Contribute your memories and objects to our brilliant ‘People’s Story’ exhibition, capturing the vibrancy and stories of a population that has come from all over the globe;

♦ Enjoy a range of exciting interactives from some of our biggest business success stories, including taking your spot on the Marshall stage to discover how music’s biggest names feel.

Our aim is to create a gallery to involve and excite visitors of every age and background –  and be a source of pride for all of us who have made Milton Keynes our home.

What do we need?

Without Milton Keynes Museum the city’s history would have been lost. Its success as one of the region’s most-loved tourist attractions, is down to the thousands of local people who’ve been involved in building and maintaining the museum, collecting important objects, and sharing stories with visitors.

Working in partnership with Milton Keynes Council, we have enough money to build these new galleries and begin to fit them out.

But – following the Heritage Lottery Fund’s disappointing decision not to support the museum expansion – we’re £1.5 million short of what we believe it will take to make us among the best in the UK.

So once again we’re turning to local people, clubs, interest groups, businesses, to help us give our home town back its roots.

How can I help?

By donating what you can afford, no matter how small:

Or talk to us about becoming a sponsor:

  • £250 will sponsor an information panel with your name, or the name of a loved one or company at the bottom;
  • £2,500 will sponsor an interactive or handling element and this will be acknowledged;
  • £25,000 will sponsor an existing or new exhibition (for example the schoolroom, toy room or immersive theatre) and this will be acknowledged
  • All sponsors names will be on the rolling panel.

Other sponsorship opportunities will become available as the project progresses and will involve different  levels of donation. Please contact us if you are interested.

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