Explore your Archive Milton Keynes

Explore Your Archive Week

Explore Your Archive Week is a nationally organised event. This year, once again, Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre is taking part in it between 20-28 November.  Each day is devoted to one particular topic.

An Archive

In case you don’t already know, an archive is a record that documents history. It could be the history of a person, place or events. Parchment paper, volumes, images, photographs, digital records and objects  are all ways of recording. Businesses, governments, councils, schools and universities all have archives. Museums and libraries may also preserve special collections linked to their objects.

After an organisation’s records are no longer used, if they have historical value, archivists transfer them to an archive. Within such records you’ll find all sorts of fascinating information.

Explore Your Archive

Explore Your Archive is an Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) tool for public and private organisations.  Organisations across the UK and Ireland take part in the event that showcases the hidden gems stored in their collections. The campaign provides a range of resources to help you learn more about archives and help archivists share the collections they care for.
During the last week of November, Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre will join the conversation with highlights from their collection.

 Follow their conversation on

Have a look at their take on this year’s topics. They range from the light-hearted ‘Archive Shelfies’ to opportunities for showcasing current projects with ‘Watch This Space’.

Catherine McIntyre, MKCDC’s Archivist, says of the online celebration,

Explore Your Archive is a fantastic opportunity for people to engage with the work of their local archive and discover things they might not know. We hope it sparks interest in history and a wider understanding of how we preserve the unique heritage of Milton Keynes. There’s lots to explore, both from at home or on a visit, so check out our website and social media to make a start!

As part of the week, join MKCDC for a

Facebook Live on November 24th at 7pm,

Catherine will be answering archives and Milton Keynes-related questions.

Send your queries and wonderings to:


with subject heading ‘Facebook Live

and have them answered during this live Q and A!

About Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre

Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre informs visitors about urban geography and new city planning. It also shares the historical and natural heritage of Milton Keynes.

Since 1992 Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre has been based at Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes. Bradwell Abbey is a beautiful and important medieval Scheduled Ancient Monument site.

Want to know more? Visit MKCDC Website