Commissioned by Milton Keynes City Council, Archive-opia brought audiences together for a series of FREE taster activities inspired by the fascinating archive collections ofBuckinghamshire Archives, MK City Discovery Centre and The Living Archive MK. Taking place in October 2022, it was led by Architect and Archivist in Residence Alison Davies, in collaboration with Milton Keynes based creative agency Pooleyville.
The programme featured contributions from architects, invited specialists, archive partners and local communities with the overall aim of raising the profile of this internationally significant material and informing the plan for a new City Archive for Milton Keynes.
Talking a playful, informal approach, and including the launch of the new and amazing WikiPavilion, Archive-opia shared both known and little known aspects of MK’s local heritage whilst opening up a conversation around how Milton Keynes continues to develop its archive collections and how we capture the important community stories of a growing city.
Archive-opia worked across three venues – a return to the original site of the 1994 Futureworld Housing Expo at Kents Hill; Middleton Hall, within the Grade II Centre MK Shopping Building; and within the MK Central Library. Three very different venues to engage the widest range of audiences with our archives.