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21st March 2022

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MKHA Members Meeting, Archives Workshop, Easter Fun, Turvey walks, Under the Grid, … in this issue

Next issue: 4th April 2022

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MKHA Quarterly Members Online Zoom Meeting

with information and discussion about archives
at 7.00 pm on Thursday 24th March 2022

Dear <<First Name>>,

I do hope as many as possible of you will be able to attend the MK Heritage Association Quarterly Members Meeting on Thursday 24th March. There have been some important recent developments with several events taking place later in the year, particularly for those of you holding archive material.

We also would like to thank Cheryl Butler for all the work she has done for MKHA (and Deanshanger) in the past before she moves to Lincolnshire.

As usual any group can provide a few details of their planned activities for the next few months or recent past events, by sending one or two pictures in advance, by emailing David Muston .

The planned Agenda is attached.

Robert Excell
MKHA Chair

Zoom details
Meeting ID: 882 0338 0280
Passcode: 441080

  1. Welcome and Introduction (Robert Excell)
  2. Last Members Meeting Minutes of Zoom meeting on 13th January 2022
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Committee Vacancies - Cheryl Butler and Michael Whittle due to retire
  5. Arch-MK - taking project forward with meeting at Rectory Cottages, Bletchley on 22nd April 2022 (Robert Excell & Anna McAvoy + all).
  6. Council Grant & Report (Shane Downer)
  7. Women’s Euros (Robert Excell)
  8. HoDs (Robert Excell)
  9. Discover MK Exhibition space in CMK Library (Robert)
  10. New Town Heritage Register (Charlotte Hall & Robert Excell)
  11. Festival of History 10 & 11th June 2023 (David Muston & Robert Excell)
  12. Treasurer’s Report (Charlotte Hall)
  13. Grants (Neil Loudon)
  14. ‘EDI’ (Discussion led by Neil Loudon)
  15. Members reports.(all)
  16. AOB
  17. Next Meeting – Wednesday, June 22nd at 7.00 pm at location TBA

MKHA IT/Web Meetings

Our next virtual IT/Web get-together will be via Zoom on Wednesday, 23rd March 2022 at 10.30 am.

Our next in-person IT/Web meeting at Milton Keynes Museum will be on Wednesday, 30th March 2022 at 10.00 am.

Please contact MKHA by email at if you would like to attend either of these meetings..

Archives Workshop

Milton Keynes Heritage Association

Friday 22nd April 2022 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley MK3 6BJ

I am sure many of our members remember that one of our greatest achievements last year was our archives project funded by a significant grant from MK Community Foundation. We undertook to maintain this work in future and offer support to all of our smaller members who hold archives of their own.  Several of you attended a meeting on 19th November and we now need to follow this up to discuss in detail how you can be assisted over the coming years. With this in mind we are proposing to hold a training and discussion session on Friday 22nd April at Rectory Cottages in Bletchley. A draft programme is attached. Such a meeting will only be worthwhile if at least a dozen people are able to attend. So I would like anyone interested in attending this to let me know as soon as possible at

Oral and video cassette recordings were identified by our consultant archivist Ellie as a recording format most at risk. MKHA will be offering grants using some of our Council funding to support our members in copying oral and video cassettes over the coming year. It would be useful for any groups having any such tapes to start by listing the number, type and length of tapes they might like to have copied as soon as possible, so we can get an idea of how much material of this type needs to be copied.

After Ellie’s report, there are also prospective developments at CMK library with some possible space in the library at CMK for storage of archive material currently in the possession of our members. If you would like to transfer your material at some time in the future please let me know at

Proposed Archives Workshop Programme

Attendees are encouraged to bring individual objects for advice on handling, cleaning or repair and if possible catalogues or lists of their material - whether physical or on laptops.

10am Workshop recapping on the on past presentations on handling, storage and cataloguing with some practical experience handling fragile or difficult material. What to do with tightly rolled maps, books with damaged spines or loose pages, flattening curled items, cleaning, handling large or heavy items, putting items in polyester sleeves, torn or delicate paper, esp. old newspapers or cuttings etc.. Viewing recordings of Ellie’s presentations and information sheets.
11.30 Audio & video cassettes, how to look after them and get them copied into more durable formats. Planning the copying of your oral and video cassettes.
12.45 Sandwich lunch (bring your own)
1.30 How do we wish to proceed? Do we want to have regular gatherings say every fortnight in the LAP hut at Wolverton sharing our experiences or less frequent training sessions reviewing Ellie’s presentations?
2.30 1-to-1 Sessions about any particular issues and advice on care or repair of any particularly delicate item or other matters. Please bring any items you may wish to talk about. (During this time there will be an opportunity for a refreshment break - tea and cakes)
3.30 Other developments relating to archives at CMK library.
4pm  Finish
if you would like to ensure a place and have not already done so please contact Robert Excell at

Easter Fun & Egg Hunt

Milton Keynes Museum

Friday, 15th to Monday, 18th April 2022
McConnell Drive, Wolveron MK12 5EL

The eggs will be dotted around inside the Museum and around the grounds, ensuring a fantastic time for everyone as they enjoy a wonderful tour of the history hub along the way. The Museum is also inviting visitors to get stuck into some Easter-themed craft activities.

Take a walk along the Street of Shops and see how people used to buy their groceries, and then go back to school for some Victorian style learning. Try puff billiards, the pianola and various parlour games from a bygone age.
More information about forthcoming events at the Museum

Walking booklets

Turvey History Society

Turvey History Society has published two booklets with illustrated history walks around this picturesque village.

West Walk (£3, 20 pages) features 12 locations around the village and takes about 45 minutes.

East Walk via Grindstone Hill (£3.50, 28 pages) features 13 locations in the village and surrounding countryside and takes about 75 minutes.

Both can be purchased at Central Stores, Turvey (on the A428) or ordered via

Under the Grid

Milton Keynes Museum

Milton Keynes Museum continues its popular monthly podcast Under the Grid, exploring our favourite things about Milton Keynes and sharing findings from working at the museum.

March’s episode looks at nomenclature, or the names of things. We take a look into why the streets, roundabouts and buildings in Milton Keynes have particular names. Tabatha takes us back to Saxon times, Sarah celebrates women in STEM and Catherine discovers why you should always question everything.

Listen via our website (with a transcript including extra notes and pictures), Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast and other podcast apps.
Under the Grid podcasts

MKHA members

Forthcoming events organised by MKHA members are shown below.

The Bombe machines of Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park

Wednesday, 23rd March 2022 at 1.00 pm
Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB

This event marks the opening of Bletchley Park’s ‘Bombe Hut’, 11A, 80 years ago in March 1942. Dr David Kenyon will explore the impact the Bombe machine had and how it was used to combat the Enigma cipher system. A free Zoom event.

Dark Days

Roade Local History Society

Wednesday, 23rd March 2022 at 7.30 pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, Church End, Roade, Northampton NN7 2PU

Ron Johnson presents the Ups and Downs of a musician’s life.

Non-members £3.00.

The plague doctor

Buckinghamshire Family History Society

Friday, 25th March 2022 at 8.30 pm

Enjoy David Bell's tongue-in-cheek take on staying fit and well and avoiding disease 350 years ago.

A Zoom talk for BFHS members. Online membership costs £6.00 a year.

Stony Stratford: the boats that Hayes built

Buckingham Canal Society

Friday, 25th March 2022 at 7.30 pm
Buckingham Community Centre, Cornwalls Meadow, Buckingham MK18 1RP

Speaker: Alison Leighton.

Followed by the BCS AGM.

Stars at Stowe

Stowe House

Saturday, 26th March 2022 from 6.30 to 8.30 pm

Join Stowe House and UK Astronomy for a unique opportunity to learn all about our solar system and its constellations. Start with a fun and fascinating talk about our solar system in one of the beautiful State Rooms, followed by a chance to head out onto the South Front to see it for yourselves.

Creation of the Barbarians

Olney Archaeological Society

Tuesday, 5th April 2022

Speaker: Dr Steven Kershaw. Dr Kershaw teaches classicsr at Oxford University, Department for Continuing Education. His book Barbarians: Rebellion and Resistance to the Roman Empire was published by Robinson in 2019.

Lecture via Zoom.

A Pot-pourri of history updates from Olney

Newport Pagnell Historical Society

Tuesday, 5th April 2022 at 7.30 pm
URC, High Street, Newport Pagnell MK16 8AB

Speaker: Tom Jones. £3 for non-members.

Cray Supercomputers: Discover, Explore and Celebrate

National Museum of Computing

Wednesday, 6th April 2022

Wednesday 6th April 2022 marks 50 years since the foundation of Cray Research and the birth of the supercomputer industry. Clive England will explore the physical and logical structure of a Cray-1. Lecture via Zoom.
Image: Judson McCranie, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Yardley Gobion History Group

Thursday, 7th April 2022 at 8.00 pm
Yardley Gobion Village Hall, Chestnut Road, Yardley Gobion, Towcester NN12 7TW

Led by Barbara King.

Down among the gypsies

Milton Keynes National Trust Association

Thursday, 7th April 2022 at 2.00 pm
Oak Tree Centre, Wallinger Drive, Shenley Brook End, Milton Keynes MK5 7GZ

Speaker: Dianne Sutton. Using examples from her own family and other historical documents Dianne will tell us about these travelling people.

Guided walk to Lavendon Mill via Clifton Reynes

Cowper & Newton Museum

Sunday, 10th April 2022 from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon

Meet Trustee Tom outside the Museum for a guided walk to Lavendon Mill, location of the Poplar Field, one of William Cowper’s best loved poems.

What did the Georgians Eat?

Towcester and District Local History Society

Wednesday, 13th April 2022

In this Zoom talk by Alison Eskriett find out about 18th century chocolate, the significance of pineapples and why gin was seen as a social evil! Food in the 18th century is a fascinating subject with many surprising similarities to modern cooking and speaker has considerable experience of cooking period dishes in period settings.

The topsy-turvy world of misericords

Arts Society North Bucks

Thursday, 14th April 2022
Lovat Hall, Silver Street Newport Pagnell MK16 0EJ

The art form of misericords was in vogue from C13th - C15th. The secular, sometimes bizarre and often profane nature of their subjects meant that many survived the Reformation. Speaker: Imogen Corrigan.

Behind the Map, a Pictorial Tour of the 19th C

Wolverton & District Archaeological and Historical Society

Wednesday, 20th April 2022
St Mary and St Giles Church of England School, King George Crescent, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1EF

Presented by Wendy Page. 19th Century stories of a South Northants village changing from an agricultural to industrial community.

Turn End, Haddenham

Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust

Thursday, 21st April 2022
St.Mary’s Church, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2JJ

The Trust has been given permission to show a beautiful documentary film made by Murray Grigor and Hamid Shams that explores the history of Turn End House and garden. Jackie Hunt, the Head Gardener, will be in conversation with Claire de Carle.

Dates for your diary

Heritage Open Days this year runs from 9 to 18 September 2022.This year’s theme is Astounding Inventions.
History for Ukraine fundraising event
The National Archives, Royal Historical Society, Society of Genealogists and Family History Federation
Volunteers unite to archive Ukrainian cultural heritage
Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO)

Urgent appeal from Lviv to receive materials for cultural heritage protection
Icon: the institute of conservation

Lviv museums move to protect Ukrainian heritage
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