MK City Archive

Milton Keynes Central Library which will be the home for the new City Archive from 2023.  Pictured in front is 'The Whisper' sculptural piece by Andre Wallace, 1983

A full archival story of the building of Milton Keynes will be presented in a new MK Archive housed at Central Library.

By rehoming the archive collections held throughout the city and at Buckinghamshire County Archive, this new facility will provide a unique global resource both for our residents and for city planners, urban designers, foreign delegations and researchers from across the world.

The first part of the Plan will see MKCC and its partners run a series of resident, community and stakeholder engagements to introduce people to our amazing collections. It will research, develop and test new audience engagement through the archives, and to explore with them what this new City Archive should collect, and how an archive about building Milton Keynes can capture the buildings and communities of the future.


Alison Davies - Archivist in Residence and Pooleyville introduce Archive-opia!

Milton Keynes City Council has appointed Alison Davies, an architect and creative practitioner based in Nottingham, as its first ever 'Archivist in Residence'. Alison is well-versed in Milton Keynes' new town history and archives, having worked on projects with local partners using her University of Nottingham students to explore and reshape our designed spaces for new and future uses.

Together with MKCC, our three Archive Partners and Pooleyville Creatives, the partnership presents Archive-opia - a playful peep into the Milton Keynes Archives. Running from 14 to 31 October 2022, this 3 week programme will hold a number of exciting bookable and family drop-in events for different audiences across the city, including the launch of our new and amazing WikiPavilion!

Culture Team contact information

Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ