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Thursday Scratch Nights

Milton Keynes: Building a Dream (work in progress)


Milton Keynes: Building a Dream (work in progress)

Lee Shostak with observations by John Walker and David Lock

Presented by the Fred Roche Foundation

Thursday 9 November / 7pm / £3 (Free for Fred Roche Foundation members, please email to book)


Book tickets


Lee Shostak will present his provisional conclusions from his book on the development of Milton Keynes. John Walker and David Lock will then offer their observations.

Lee moved to Stony Stratford in 1972 to write a history of the city's early years. As actual construction had barely started, he placed the book on hold and worked for Milton Keynes Development Corporation until 1980.  He then practiced as an economic development consultant for many communities in England, Scotland and Wales.  In 2016 he was a member of the Milton Keynes 2050 Futures Commission.

Each with almost 50 years of experience, John Walker and David Lock will bring their in-depth knowledge of Milton Keynes and new towns generally to the task of refuting, or confirming, Lee’s key conclusions.

Lee’s publisher now expects him to submit the manuscript for his book next year.  As part of his research, MK Gallery and the Fred Roche Foundation are pleased to offer Lee the opportunity to present his views, discuss them with John and David and then with the wider audience. 




November 2017


The Fred Roche Foundation celebrates the life of Fred Roche (1931-1992), who led the team in the 1970s who built the new city of Milton Keynes.  The Foundation endeavors to keep his spirit of creative exploration, innovation and vision alive in Milton Keynes.  


He believed in the power – or rather the duty – of architecture to improve society.  If Milton Keynes is one person’s creation, it was Fred Roche’s”.  (Stephen Bayley, The Guardian)