The Living Archive Milton Keynes presents… New musical works of archive recordings


This May The Living Archive Band present a special musical show featuring the extraordinary voices of ordinary people recorded for Living Archive and the songs that they inspired.

This one off performance will be staged at York House, Stony Stratford at 7pm on Saturday 21 May. Accompanied with visuals from the archive, the event will be a unique chance to hear and see what people said about the place that became Milton Keynes – and to enjoy first-class music that’s both home-grown and universal. There will be a licensed bar serving real ale and other refreshments.

Tickets are just £7 and funds raised will help Living Archive Milton Keynes to continue its work to ‘record, cherish and celebrate’ the lives of the people of Milton Keynes.

Tickets are available from:
Odells and Co, High Street, Stony Stratford
Mrs B’s Emporium, Church Street, Wolverton
MK Museum, McConnell Drive, Wolverton

Or by Living Archive MK office on: 01908 322 568 /

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Arts Central is expanding!

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Arts Central, the creative hub arm of charity Arts Gateway MK, has announced a new satellite space in central MK.  After several months of looking, they have found empty commercial buildings at Milburn Avenue, Oldbrook.  Independent creatives are invited to look round two new spaces, both available on Arts Central`s short-term low rates, starting at £12 per week. Studios and desks are immediately available and three have already been taken.  Contact Arts Gateway on or 01908 241122.

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Can you help Festive Road to find a new home?

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Award winning company, Festive Road, producers of the ever popular Walking with Giants parade, is urgently looking for a new work space in Milton Keynes. “Our current Landlord has sold the building we occupy and has asked us to vacate the premises along with the other not for profit and charitable organizations” said Yvette Lamidey, Chair of Festive Road board.

The company has just over one month to find a new home for its artists and all the fantastical creations it presently houses. Simon Tipping, organizer of the annual Walking with Giants parade said: “This is actually a fabulous opportunity as we’ve been expanding for a while and finding more suitable premises was always on our business plans but not quite so soon…we don’t have much time to find somewhere.”

At the moment we are in a free space which is over 25x35m (aprox 18,500 sq ft) -a first floor office floor in Linford Wood -however the space is not suitable for the fabrication work which we are doing, and now being commissioned to do over this coming year. We are looking for a ground floor unit -possibly an industrial unit which could have change of use -with large bay doors, suitable for large scale metal and wood fabricating. We need a minimum floor space of between 5,000 and 10,000 sq ft but we are able to, and would prefer to occupy something much, much larger. We would be using the space for our own organisation and would also be letting space to other makers in our network.

Visit the Festive Road website or contact them for more information

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MK’s 50th Birthday – your chance to get involved!

You are invited to a MK50 Presentation and Discussion Session on 8th July, 2 – 4.15pm at Acorn House.

In 2017 Milton Keynes will be 50 years old and we aim to celebrate locally, and share with the world that Milton Keynes is an amazing place to live, work and visit. MK Council is drawing together a programme for the anniversary and working with our partners to develop ideas and projects that celebrate this important milestone.

This event will provide:

  •         An overview of the aims and plans to date for the 50th anniversary
  •         Presentation of MK Council’s planned structure and strands for the year
  •         An insight into the types of activity that MK Council are planning
  •         A chance to discuss the themes and to begin to develop your own ideas that could form part of the anniversary year

Agenda for the session:

  •         2pm: Arrivals
  •         2.15 – 3pm: MK50 Presentation with Q&A
  •         3 – 3.15pm: Break; Tea and Coffee
  •         3.15 – 4.15pm: Exploration of the MK50 themes and project ideas

To book a place please email:

How you can find out more:

  •         See the website:
  •         You can contact us now with your ideas on
  •         Follow #MK50 on Twitter to keep updated.
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Young Carers Shine in Create’s Collaborative Jewellery-Making Workshops

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During May, award-winning charity Create is returning to Milton Keynes to continue its life-changing work with young carers. Create’s multi-artform project, inspired:arts, has already seen the young carers contribute a new cow sculpture to Milton Keynes’ iconic public artwork Concrete Cows, and given them the chance to work collaboratively to write and record a short film.

Thanks to funding from The Queen’s Trust, the young carers will now design and create unique pieces of jewellery. Under the expert guidance of Create’s professional jewellery-maker, Hayley Kruger, whose work has been featured in Vogue and Tatler, the young carers will learn how to create beautiful jewellery pieces by manipulating wire, among other techniques. They will be encouraged to help each other master these methods and will then be able to share their necklaces and bracelets with important people in their lives, including the person they care for, or keep their work and wear it with pride.

Inspired:arts jewellery workshops will run 27 – 29 May 2015.

For more information, please contact Joe Hardy on 020 7374 8485 or email

For the full press release, please click the link below.

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