Culture MK 2019


Sharing Culture Logo

Building on last year’s MK50 legacy, which saw a swell in city pride, Sharing Culture is a collaborative programme of cultural heritage, focussing on our uniquely designed city, European connections and our remarkable story. The five month programme will run from June to October 2018, and will see a calendar of activities and events which will explore MK’s design, architecture, industry and green spaces. It’s hoped that the programme will inspire citizens and visitors to enjoy our city and learn more about our origins.

MK is home to some inspirational stories and Sharing Culture is all about telling these stories to the wider world. Milton Keynes, a designed New Town, was created just 51 years ago – a toddler in city terms - but our heritage begins way before the first shovel was even put in the ground. Pre-MK these small villages and farm land were known for Captain Ridley’s Shooting Party, a group of people who moved into the Bletchley Park Mansion under the guise that they were ‘Captain Ridley’s Shooting Party’ but they were actually members of M16, and the Government Code and Cypher School; Albert French, a teenage resident of Wolverton - the UK’s first Railway Town – who signed up to join the war effort in 1915 to “do his bit for King and Country”, but was sadly killed in action on the 15th June 1916 - a week before his 17th birthday. Also our international recognition for music, the hymn Amazing Grace was written by Rev John Newton and published in the book ‘Olney Hymns’ in 1779. In MK’s more recent history as the New Town was being planned, much focus was put on making it a garden city and 51 years on we’re proud of our green spaces, which in 1992 were put in the care of the Parks Trust, an independent charity which looks after 6,000 acres of parkland and green spaces in MK.

Sharing Culture MK supports the European Commission initiative, the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH). This follows four themes; engagement, value, protection and initiative, to promote culture diversity and heritage in towns and cities across Europe.  This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of our different kind of heritage – the New Town story.

See the Sharing Culture website for the full programme and to check out what’s on.


Pedalling Culture

Pedalling Culture Peace Pagoda
Cycling to MK Peace Pagoda

Pedalling Culture is a 2-year, consortium-led, project which aims to increase cultural tourism by putting culture at the heart of Milton Keynes’ green transport infrastructure.

Pedalling Culture will better connect the city’s cultural venues and spaces to its existing and new sustainable transport routes and modes, thus ensuring that those living and visiting Milton Keynes will have better access to its cultural offer.

Find out about the project from its stand alone website:


The Floating Cinema MK

Floating Cinema
The Floating Cinema MK

From July – September 2018, The Floating Cinema will be in residence in three locations along the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes, where a programme of free film screenings, talks and workshops will explore the importance and meaning of home.  For programme info, dates and locations head to


MK50 Achievements

The following two infographics highlight the achievements from 2017:

MK Infographic - events, coverage and reach
MK50 Infographic - Events


Last Updated: 19 December 2018