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Milton Keynes is 45 Years Old

24.1.2012
The original plan for Central Milton Keynes, as visualised by Helmut Jacoby in the 1970s. 

The original plan for Central Milton Keynes, as visualised by Helmut Jacoby in the 1970s. 

The original plan for Central Milton Keynes, as visualised by Helmut Jacoby in the 1970s. 

This week see's the 45th anniversary of the city of Milton Keynes.

 

Officially established in January 1967, Milton Keynes is acknowledged to be one of the most successful post-war new towns in the UK. A designed city, renowned for its grid road system, roundabouts and concrete cows, it provides a unique context in which to programme international contemporary visual art.

 

The vision for Milton Keynes was bold and imaginative - to build an exciting new city that would preserve the past andembrace the future. Today, the vision has real substance. Milton Keynes is an attractive, thriving city with a population of approximately 228,400, a successful business community and a varied cultural offer, comprising sport, arts and leisure entertainent, ranging from Glyndebourne Touring Opera at MK Theatre to indoor skiiing on a real snow ski slope.

 

Watch one of the most famous and well-remembered television adverts for the new city.