Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre's New Town Films and Activities Collection
Discover MK Online Exhibition
Ultimate 80s MK - Milton Keynes Band of the 1980’s
'As Milton Keynes entered its teenage years, the eighties became the decade for live music. The City blossomed with new bands along with an array of music venues to host them. The punk ethic of “anyone can be in a band” spilled over from the 1970s and youth clubs in particular became a breeding ground for young musical talent.
The eighties also saw Milton Keynes put on the map by the biggest acts in the world visiting the National Bowl. David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Queen – to name but a few – brought a buzz to the City that inspired local bands to raise their game and shoot for the stars. The explosion of live music in the 1980s was to last well into the 1990s. A combination of factors led to its demise including new licensing laws along with the closure of the ‘breeding ground’ youth clubs and venues. Culturally, there was also a huge shift from bands to DJs with the advent of the ‘superstar DJ’ – resulting in nightclubs and raves becoming more popular than gigs.’
New Town Heritage Explorers
The NTHE project has been designed to support MK Council’s New Town Heritage Register to work with residents and communities to record and celebrate the new town heritage of their local estate, grid square or area. It is an ongoing project to capture the social context through events and activities which complements the building and landscape architectural focus of the NTHR.
New Town Quiz
Think you know your local New Town Milton Keynes? The NTHE Team has created a fun Quiz for you to try. The questions are multiple choice to help you – can you get 20/20? Click on New Town Quiz now (opens a Google Form).
Online Video Activities
MK Council and its partners have created FIVE fun activities on the Milton Keynes Council MK Explorers YouTube Channel Playlist for you using social media and any smart device! You can create a City in a Box, Draw your favourite part of MK, Create your own mini Trail, tell us your New Town Stories or send us a video. Don’t forget to use the hashtags for each activity and Tweet it to @MKExplorers to tell everyone about your favourite part of MK! Go to the New Town Explorers YouTube Channel Playlist now.
New Town Archives
Our Research Page has all the links you could want to find out more about Homeworld, other New Town Areas of Milton Keynes and its archives. Want to see how MK looked in 1975 and if your areas was built? Find out more here - Research Page.
Online New Town Toolkit
We are looking for groups of volunteers to tell us about their local area, its heritage value and what is special about it. To help you we have created a Toolkit to use and 3 Self-Help Video Guides for you and your friends to watch – why don’t you have a go and help us find out more about the place you live. Click on Volunteer Toolkit Resources now!