Milton Keynes Museum

Milton Keynes Museum One of the best interactive museums, a perfect outing for all ages, staffed by friendly volunteers, and highly recommended on TripAdvisor by our visitors.
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Milton Keynes Museum is a fascinating outing for all ages, with more to see and do than can possibly be crammed into a single visit. Based in the peaceful surroundings of Stacey Hill Farm, your visit begins in the old farmhouse where the Victorian parlour, scullery and kitchen have been lovingly recreated. Very popular with all our visitors are the extensive toy collection, a Victorian schoolroom, the street of shops (how many things do you recognise?), while outside you can visit the kitchen garden and experience and air raid in the Anderson shelter. An exploration of our website will show you that this is just the start, with our transport museum featuring a full size tram, the farming gallery, print shop, chapel and water wheel also to see. New for 2013 is the Connected Earth gallery, which tells the story of human communication from fire beacons through to the digital revolution. All this, plus a great tea room, regular events, displays, recreations and family days part of the Milton Keynes Museum experience too. Run primarily by volunteers, you'll find the Museum on the outskirts of Wolverton, Britain’s first railway town. When new the farmstead was surrounded by countryside but today it overlooks Milton Keynes, the UK's largest and most recent new city. We'd love to welcome you soon whatever your age and interests: we can guarantee there'll be plenty to bring you back again and again. Prices (2014) Adults: £7.50 Concessions: £6.00 Families: £22.00 Annual season tickets are also available.

*COOKING WITH OUR DIANE*While the Granary Tea Room remains closed, baking Queen Diane is giving us the occasional glimps...
19/06/2020

*COOKING WITH OUR DIANE*

While the Granary Tea Room remains closed, baking Queen Diane is giving us the occasional glimpse into her usually top secret recipe book. When it's hot, a cool ice cream is just the job, isn't it?

Here's Diane's recipe for yummy Brandy Ice Cream...

Brandy Ice Cream (This recipe does not need an ice cream maker)

2 Egg Whites

6 ozs. Demerara Sugar

6 tablespoons Water

1 tsp. Vanilla

15 fl.ozs Cream (Whipping or Double)

4 tbs. Brandy

Whisk egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff and forming peaks.

Dissolve the sugar in the water, boil rapidly for 3 mins. Then pour onto the egg whites whilst whisking.
Add vanilla and brandy. whisk until thick.
Whisk cream and fold in.
Freeze for 5 hours, stir part way through freezing to break up larger ice crystals.

(We have no images of Diane with her ice cream creation, but here's one of some of those much-missed cakes!)

*ANNOUNCEMENT* Milton Keynes Museum is thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new exhibition, 'We Are Milton Keynes,...
18/06/2020
Milton Keynes Museum invites contributions for substantial new community exhibition

*ANNOUNCEMENT*

Milton Keynes Museum is thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new exhibition, 'We Are Milton Keynes, Too.'

This is a chance to share what Milton Keynes means to YOU, and absolutely everyone is welcome to get involved. Please share, discuss and contribute :)

'What does MiltonKeynes mean to you?' That is the question being asked by Milton Keynes Museum, and your answers will help form part of an exciting new exhibition for the town. We Are Milton Keynes,...

A reminder that we are also on Instagram too - you'll find us @miltonkeynesmuseum for a picture a day...
18/06/2020

A reminder that we are also on Instagram too - you'll find us @miltonkeynesmuseum for a picture a day...

*SHOW AND TELL*Last week we asked you to send in images of local artefacts or items of historical interest so we share t...
17/06/2020

*SHOW AND TELL*
Last week we asked you to send in images of local artefacts or items of historical interest so we share through our social media channels.

This one, courtesy of Sammy, is fantastic - a programme from Newport Pagnell's Electra Theatre from November 1936.

Films showing this week included A Message To Garcia starring Wallace Beery & Barbara Stanwyck, and Shirley Temple in The Littlest Rebel.

Thanks for sharing. Please keep the pictures coming, everyone!

Simply inbox us a picture or two, what the item is, and why you like it.

Are you home schooling just now? Here a few mathematical ideas for you, direct from our schoolroom.  You are very welcom...
15/06/2020

Are you home schooling just now? Here a few mathematical ideas for you, direct from our schoolroom. You are very welcome :)

We've said it before, but we'll say it again; museum supporters have been fantastic during this lockdown.  Thank you for...
14/06/2020

We've said it before, but we'll say it again; museum supporters have been fantastic during this lockdown. Thank you for the post shares, for the likes and comments, and for sending your pictures from the museum.
Please keep them coming!
Today's images – courtesy of Katy Peretz – will take you back in time. How great are these?

Anyone know who this fella is?  The museum is closed, but he's been hanging around for ages!  He claims to be best pals ...
13/06/2020

Anyone know who this fella is? The museum is closed, but he's been hanging around for ages!
He claims to be best pals with Wurzel, but we're not so sure...

*SHOW AND TELL*This is a rare Royal Doulton soda water advertising ashtray for the old Newport Pagnell firm Taylor's - y...
12/06/2020

*SHOW AND TELL*
This is a rare Royal Doulton soda water advertising ashtray for the old Newport Pagnell firm Taylor's - you might have seen our post earlier in the week exploring the history of the firm and its founders.

Now it's over to you. We want you to get in touch with your local artefacts or items of historical interest so that we can share through our social media channels. Simply inbox us a picture or two, what the item is, and why you like it.
We look forward to seeing your items...

We love this local find - a Magiovinium stamped samian with giant Roman detail. Magiovinium was a 4th century small Roma...
11/06/2020

We love this local find - a Magiovinium stamped samian with giant Roman detail.
Magiovinium was a 4th century small Romano-British town in the area we now know as Fenny Stratford!

Thanks SO much to everyone who has shared their images from days out at the museum - please keep them coming.Today's gre...
10/06/2020

Thanks SO much to everyone who has shared their images from days out at the museum - please keep them coming.
Today's great selection are from Amy, who said: "Sorry to inundate you, but we’ve had so many wonderful days out with you over the years, this is just a few 😊😊😊😊 Amy, Elsie and Maeve (and Hattie with bunny ears)"

It won't come as a surprise to tell you how sad we are that we've not been able to welcome visitors over these past few ...
09/06/2020

It won't come as a surprise to tell you how sad we are that we've not been able to welcome visitors over these past few months. But then we get a message or an email, and it cheers us enormously.
This lovely little comment was left here on our FB page last week 😊
'I absolutely loved MK museum. For a new town I assumed there would be little history. Boy I was wrong! Great museum.'
Current mood? Feeling good!

This month, our column in Pulse Magazine takes a look at the Taylor family. Sammy Jones learns more about the generation...
08/06/2020

This month, our column in Pulse Magazine takes a look at the Taylor family. Sammy Jones learns more about the generations who had a remarkable history in Newport Pagnell.
Love your Taylor's mustard? You have them to thank for that - and they did much for the local community too.
Read this month's edition here: http://bit.ly/2YnGWPE

Our Diane isn't just a cake-baking Queen - she knows how to deliver a thirst quenching summer drink too. In this week's ...
07/06/2020

Our Diane isn't just a cake-baking Queen - she knows how to deliver a thirst quenching summer drink too.
In this week's exclusive peek into her secret book, she is sharing her recipe for Elderflower Cordial. Enjoy.

As the elderflower are currently out I thought you might like this recipe which makes a refreshing drink - especially when mixed with cold sparkling water. Pick the flowers on a dry, sunny day, and away from traffic.

Ingredients:

20 Flower heads

2 Lemons

50 grams Citric Acid

1.5 Litres Water

1.25 kgs. Sugar

Rinse the flowers and chop the lemons. Boil sugar in the water then add the acid.
Pour over the flowers and chopped lemons. Leave in a covered bowl for five days, stirring daily.
Strain and put into bottles. Dilute to taste. ( I find it is better kept in the fridge.)

And, as ever, if you make some, please send us your images! :)

Milton Keynes might be informally known as 'the new city,' but actually the town and surrounding area is rich in history...
06/06/2020

Milton Keynes might be informally known as 'the new city,' but actually the town and surrounding area is rich in history - with places like Stony Stratford's historic St Mary Magdalen Church Tower, which dates back to the 15th century. The tower is tucked away just off the High Street, and well worth making a visit to. And here's a nice little fact for you: Stony Stratford is the only town in Buckinghamshire that has two Medieval church towers...

*Event Update*We're sorry to say that we have made the decision to cancel this year's Organ Festival which was to have t...
05/06/2020

*Event Update*

We're sorry to say that we have made the decision to cancel this year's Organ Festival which was to have taken place across October 10 & 11, because of the Coronavirus situation.
All being well, we hope to announce its return in 2021.

These lovely pictures were taken back in 2018 at our 1940s weekend - thanks to Clare Shuffill for sending them to us.She...
05/06/2020

These lovely pictures were taken back in 2018 at our 1940s weekend - thanks to Clare Shuffill for sending them to us.
She said: "You guys really know how to do it!
I have been several times now. Wonderful memories."
There will be more memories made in the future too. We can't wait!
> Don't forget to inbox us with pictures of your visit to the museum - they cheer us up no end! :)

To say this #cosmetic spoon a little rough around the edges is an understatement, but it has been around for a while!  T...
04/06/2020

To say this #cosmetic spoon a little rough around the edges is an understatement, but it has been around for a while!
This #Roman find was discovered here in #MiltonKeynes at Bancroft Villa and is now in our collection
#MiltonKeynesMuseum #romanarchaeology #RomanBritain #museum

Lockdown might  be difficult, but at least we have technology to keep us in touch with loved ones, right? Could you imag...
03/06/2020

Lockdown might be difficult, but at least we have technology to keep us in touch with loved ones, right? Could you imagine queuing to use a payphone? Or even using these as your communication tools?

A year ago today, it was announced that we had received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.Our volunteers are the l...
02/06/2020
Milton Keynes Museum receives the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service | Milton Keynes Museum

A year ago today, it was announced that we had received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the museum, and today is another opportunity to say 'thank you' to everyone who works so hard here :)

We are thrilled to announce that volunteers at Milton Keynes Museum have been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award that a

In light of the current pandemic situation we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year's 1940s Weekend, whi...
01/06/2020

In light of the current pandemic situation we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year's 1940s Weekend, which had been planned to take place across September 5 & 6.
Of course we hope to be able to return as normal, next year.

If you've been to our 1940s weekend before, why not send us a few photos and memories (inbox them to this FB page) and we'll share them over the weekend the event should have taken place.

A big thank you to Pulse Magazine for publicising our online activities in this month's edition of the magazine - we app...
01/06/2020

A big thank you to Pulse Magazine for publicising our online activities in this month's edition of the magazine - we appreciate the support during these strange times :)
Remember you can follow us on Instagram too: miltonkeynesmuseum
#history #MiltonKeynes #mkmuseum

A plea today - we are looking to source some old scrubbed-topped tables, like the one we currently have in our present k...
31/05/2020

A plea today - we are looking to source some old scrubbed-topped tables, like the one we currently have in our present kitchen - as per the picture.
Do you have one, or know someone who might want to re-home theirs? We'd be so grateful. Please do get in touch - DM us and we'll come straight back to you. Fingers crossed...

30/05/2020
Viking takeover at MK Museum

We like having the Vikings visit us here at the museum - mind you, it pays to keep out of their way! Here they are in action at one of our earlier events. Thanks to Total MK for the video :)

COOKING WITH OUR DIANE!Our Granary Cafe is a popular stop-off with visitors who love Diane Roder's delicious homemade se...
29/05/2020

COOKING WITH OUR DIANE!

Our Granary Cafe is a popular stop-off with visitors who love Diane Roder's delicious homemade selection of cakes and pastries.
Earlier in the month we shared her famous recipe for Bread Pudding and (not surprisingly) it was a huge hit.

Diane is a real baker extraordinaire, and while lockdown continues, she has promised to share some of the secrets from her recipe book, which is usually kept under lock and key!
This week, Diane is sharing her recipe for scones. Yum!

If you make some, please send us your pictures - inbox them to us (and also tell us what you think should go on first - the jam, or the cream 🤔

Here's the recipe:

Scones.

1 lb. Self Raising Flour

4 ozs. Caster Sugar

4 ozs. Soft Spread (or Butter if you prefer )

1 Egg & Milk

Sieve flour and rub in fat and sugar. Add egg and sufficient milk to make a soft but not wet dough.

Gather mixture together and roll out to about 1" thickness. Place on baking tray and put in a hot oven (200c or reg.7) until golden brown.

This will make about 9 (3") scones. If you want fruit scones add 4 ozs. sultanas to the mixture.

Fancy a savoury alternative? For cheese scones omit the sugar and add 6ozs. finely grated cheese. Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle with a little of the cheese.

Happy eating :)

A couple of weeks ago we asked you to inbox us and tell us your favourite historical sites in Milton Keynes - just a few...
28/05/2020

A couple of weeks ago we asked you to inbox us and tell us your favourite historical sites in Milton Keynes - just a few lines and a picture so that we can share through our social media channels.

Al Hunter got in touch to share his appreciation of Bury Field in Newport Pagnell. "It's a vast expanse of grass which is home to a wide range of wildlife, but it has been at the heart of the town's life for 1000 years - it has been used for agriculture, as a burial spot for plague victims, for steeplechases, and it was used during the Civil War, and WWI and WWII," Al said, "It's a fascinating place - although I'm not sure the dogs walked there daily will care about any of that!"

What historic part of Milton Keynes will you pick?

My Favourite Object: Paul Swannell, Room Guide"My favourite is the wooden Mouse splatterer in the kitchen. I never call ...
27/05/2020

My Favourite Object: Paul Swannell, Room Guide

"My favourite is the wooden Mouse splatterer in the kitchen. I never call it a mouse trap as no vermin would escape the weight of the top part coming down upon them.
As a room guide and in the kitchen I always point this artefact out referring to it as my favourite and get the children to guess what it is. Few are right but when I activate the release mechanism with the help of a wooden spoon the answer soon arises.
I like this piece as it produces excited interaction from visitors and I like the simple mechanism that inflicts such devastating results."

Pity those poor little mice from years ago, cheerfully seeking out a crumb of cheese, but coming into contact with this beast instead. Ouch!

We have been thrilled by the many images of fun times you've spent at the museum.  We've said it often enough, but pleas...
26/05/2020

We have been thrilled by the many images of fun times you've spent at the museum. We've said it often enough, but please do keep sending them to us, so that we can keep sharing.
Today's images were sent in by Sarah Elvin. She said: "Here are some of my son’s favourite times at the museum. We can’t wait to come back soon!"
Neither can we, Sarah :)

Today was due to be the start of our weeklong half term events :(  It's impossible for us to open our doors just now, sa...
25/05/2020

Today was due to be the start of our weeklong half term events :( It's impossible for us to open our doors just now, sadly, and all events are cancelled until the end of August.
But we can still have some fun, can't we? Why not get 'crafty' and use bits and bobs around the house to make a replica of an object you've enjoyed at the museum? Or get busy with the crayons (or pains) and draw us a picture of your choice - perhaps you'll choose the tram, one of our phones in the communication hall, or perhaps it's something from the parlour, or the schoolroom...there's certainly plenty to choose from! Please send your submissions to our FB inbox and we'll share with everyone. Ready, steady, get busy!

This lovely little enamel brooch in our care is Romano British and was a metal detected find.  You won't find anything l...
24/05/2020

This lovely little enamel brooch in our care is Romano British and was a metal detected find. You won't find anything like that in your online stores just now!
Look at the detail. We love it.

MILTON KEYNES MUSEUM WANTS YOU!Living through the Pandemic in Milton KeynesA few weeks ago we asked you to share your co...
23/05/2020

MILTON KEYNES MUSEUM WANTS YOU!

Living through the Pandemic in Milton Keynes

A few weeks ago we asked you to share your contributions towards a new temporary exhibition in one of the Museum’s New Galleries, and you sent in images, words, sculptures and music.

It was a fantastic response, but we'd love some more!

Here's a recap...

We want to record how the people of Milton Keynes lived during the pandemic to be kept as a historical record

There are two main themes:

> What people did to help
This could be the frontline NHS staff, carers, delivery people or those that have helped us in small ways.
We would like an image - photographs are easiest but it may be a painting or some other representation and then a few words about how they have helped.

> How we spent our time
This could be any activity but try to be as creative as you can. Try to think what would make an attractive display but also what could be stored for the future.

Let’s show what the people of MK can do!
Please take part whatever your background or age. We are all joined as the community of MK.

Things we have done during the pandemic - This could be in the form of diary, poem, story, photo, art/craft, sound/performance recording, Vlog – perhaps make a patchwork quilt with the ideas with separate squares people have made (anyone could make them and we can join up)

Teaching at home
Projects that have developed
Challenges overcome
Learning a new skill while at home, either from a book, video, online live group chat
Making models from ‘junk’ items, boxes, cards, cans, tubs (recycle items to make a model reflecting how you feel, challenges, joys found etc.) or maybe from Lego, Meccano
Growing veg, herbs, plants at an allotment, in a window box, in the garden
Watching wildlife on your allowed exercise time (walk/cycle/run)
Cooking
Finding a new joy of or rekindling an old love for cooking/baking
Learning new recipes or finding out what to make with a limited supply of produce
Hobbies
Learning new or finding old hobbies again
Craft, art, writing, music, DIY, gardening

Please inbox us with your contributions. We look forward to receiving them - thanks!

It's time to check in with a few more images that have been sent in to us - today's selection are courtesy of Karen Curl...
22/05/2020

It's time to check in with a few more images that have been sent in to us - today's selection are courtesy of Karen Curl, who said: "We visited the museum for the first time in February.
"We had a great time my daughters Kayla and Macie both loved the telephone room and buying sweets from the old post office. We will definitely visit again." Thank you Karen, we hope we can welcome you back soon :)

> Don't forget to send us your snaps from happy times spent at the museum (send them to our inbox) and we'll share them with everyone.

Toothache?  It might disappear when faced with taking a seat in our not-very-modern dental chair!  A trip to the dentist...
21/05/2020

Toothache? It might disappear when faced with taking a seat in our not-very-modern dental chair! A trip to the dentist these days is much more pleasant...

It's Wednesday - time to catch up on some overdue housework.  Elbow grease, Rinso and Sunlight soap should get the job d...
20/05/2020

It's Wednesday - time to catch up on some overdue housework. Elbow grease, Rinso and Sunlight soap should get the job done!
Do you have any handy cleaning hints that have been passed down through the generations? Please share in the comments below. Any help much appreciated!

We pride ourselves on being a place that the whole family can enjoy, and today's selection of images - sent in by Michel...
19/05/2020

We pride ourselves on being a place that the whole family can enjoy, and today's selection of images - sent in by Michelle Rose - show that perfectly. Thanks for sending them in Michelle!
Have you got photographic memories of your past visit(s) to the museum? Please send them to our inbox and we'll keep sharing with fellow supporters. They really do help keep our spirits up during these uncertain times, so thank you.

Checkmate...This little object is a bone chess piece dating back to the Saxon period.  It was discovered in Pennyland, a...
18/05/2020

Checkmate...
This little object is a bone chess piece dating back to the Saxon period. It was discovered in Pennyland, and is now in our care.

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