New charter planned for Milton Keynes' 50th anniversary

Wednesday 25 November 2015

With Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday fast approaching, local designers are being invited to create a new Great Charter for Milton Keynes. 

The council is inviting companies to design a modern version of the original designation document, signed in January 1967. 

The new charter, dubbed the ‘Magna Karta’ will be used extensively in the council’s programme for the 50th anniversary which it is currently drawing together with partners, based around:

  • Valuing the Past – a look at what Milton Keynes has become over the past five decades, kicking off on the 50th anniversary 23 January 2017.
  • Celebrating the Present – 50 days of celebration from 23 June – 12 August 2017, with festivals, events, and fun activities for all.
  • Looking to the Future – a series of talks and conferences, expected to have international appeal, looking at the future of the global urban environment with learnings from MK.

Themes for the celebrations will include ‘MK at Play’, ‘Green MK’ and ‘New Town, Future City’.

Milton Keynes Mayor, Cllr Keith McLean said: “I moved to the area in 1977 and Milton Keynes was already being looked at with interest - and some envy - as the place where ‘things happen’.

“In the intervening decades I have seen the city and the borough grow from strength to strength, surpassing even the vision of Milton Keynes’ original founding fathers.

“We will be looking for a design for the Magna Karta that best reflects Milton Keynes’ uniqueness, its past as a New Town and its future role as an International City.                                           

“We aim to celebrate locally, and share with the world that Milton Keynes is an amazing place to live, work and visit.”

The design deadline for the Great Charter is 14th December.  The panel decision and announcement of a winning design will be made during the week of 14th December.  All shortlisted designs including runners-up and the winning design will be exhibited at CMK Library for six weeks from 21 January 2016.

Please visit for details on how to apply.

Submissions must be received by 5pm, 14th December to:

Lallie Davis, MK50 Project Manager