Creating the future, securing our city’s heritage

At a time of funding challenges for many vital organisations, we want to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy and feel as proud of the city’s heritage as we do today.

That means developing new and imaginative ways to enable more people to play a role in Milton Keynes heritage: encouraging new generations of volunteers on board, involving new partners and sponsors, and increasing visitor numbers and other kinds of income-generating activities.

Be a part of our heritage - there are so many ways to get involved:

Partner with us

Ballroom at Bletchley Park
support the heritage partners by bringing your event to them

Our fantastic heritage is one of the key factors in making Milton Keynes a great place to work, rest and play, helping business attract staff, building the city’s reputation and bringing in visitors from around the globe to support the local economy. Opportunities to be a part of this success story are endless:

Sponsorship: talk to any of the partners about sponsoring  or even ‘adopting’ an event, display area, new exhibition or collection

Help in kind: share your expertise and resources with the partners. We are always on the lookout for those willing to offer staff time or mentoring in skilled areas such as website management and maintenance, marketing and communications, governance, fundraising and more. And we welcome support in resourcing, for example, printing materials and equipping our education rooms and archives.

Advocacy: become ambassadors for our local heritage by telling others about it, inviting us to come into your premises, hosting our promotional material, or demonstrate your support for Milton Keynes’ heritage by carrying a link to this site on your website.

Make use of our resources: we have a huge range of projects – indoors and out – suitable for corporate awaydays and bringing your team-building event to one of our venues means your staff will have a permanent reminder of their contribution.

Venue hire: from the medieval Cruck Barn at City Discovery Centre to the mansion ballroom at Bletchley Park, we can provide your meeting or event with an unforgettable venue. Visit the partners’ websites for details.

To talk to us about supporting the partners’ work in any of these areas email us at or use the contact form.

Exciting roles for volunteers

From conservation to coffee shops, gardening to guiding, heritage attractions depend on volunteers – and offer a great experience in return. Our volunteers are valued and supported, and are rewarded with the chance to develop new skills, build experience, and have fun while making a real difference.

Below is just a flavour of the opportunities on offer. Contact any of the organisations direct to become a part of their team.

Bletchley Park: tour guides, education team, stewards, customer service, Colossus rebuild project, Bombe demonstrators.
City Discovery Centre: education team, re-enactors, archivists, gardeners and environmental volunteers.
The Cowper and Newton Museum: volunteer co-ordinator, visitor reception/shop, marketing and PR assistant, assistant librarian, events team, conservation assistant, admin team.
Living Archive: contributors, website editors, general office team, interviewers, archivists, film-makers.
Milton Keynes Museum: looking after exhibits, preparing displays, stewards and shop assistants, cataloguing, restoration assistants, gardeners, maintenance team, tea room assistants, publicity assistants.

 Other ways you can support heritage


Milton Keynes Mayor and BBC Sports Unsung Hero Doreen Adcock visit the OUr Sporting Life exhibition
Help promote our events, and come along yourself!

Even if you don’t have time to volunteer you still have a role to play in helping us work for heritage in Milton Keynes.

Visit our heritage attractions and bring your family, friends and colleagues with you for truly memorable days out.

  • keep an eye on our events programme and come along;
  • become an ambassador for Milton Keynes heritage by telling everyone you know, sharing the link to this website, posting reviews and photos on external sites such as TripAdvisor and your own Facebook page;
  • stay in touch with us on Twitter and by signing up to receive our monthly newsletter, full of news and information about our local heritage – see the sign-up box on the right hand side of this page);
  • tell us how we’re doing, by giving us feedback, telling us what you’d like to see more of and what we can improve on.


Click here to download  a copy of our Heritage means Business brochure



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