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MK Gallery to partner in project commemorating WW1 in MK

Sending Off Recruits (image courtesy of Living Archive)

Sending Off Recruits (image courtesy of Living Archive)

Sending Off Recruits (image courtesy of Living Archive)

From Conflict to Cosmopolis

MK Gallery to partner in HLF funded project commemorating WW1 in Milton Keynes

Today the Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK) announced that it has been awarded £99,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a unique project to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in Milton Keynes. MK Gallery is one of seven participating members from AHA-mk who will be collaborating on From Conflict to Cosmopolis, a project exploring stories from 100 years ago and their legacy for modern Milton Keynes, via a range of heritage and arts activities. The project will culminate in new film screenings, performances and exhibitions, all of which will give fresh insights into the turmoil – and creativity - of those times.


Modern Milton Keynes is richly cosmopolitan with over 80% of its ¼ million residents having originated from elsewhere – all over the UK, Europe, Asia and across the world. Both native and new communities in Milton Keynes will be invited to share and reflect upon stories from 100 years ago, and compare them across the city and across time to life in modern Milton Keynes. Interviews with local people, workshops and creative activities will provide new experiences for audiences to commemorate the centenary of  the conflict. The resulting productions will tour the city and the surrounding metropolitan county of Milton Keynes. 

Hannah Gaunt from MK Gallery’s Learning Team commented:

Today’s announcement of the HLF award to the From Conflict to Cosmopolis project is exciting news. We look forward to working with four secondary schools in Milton Keynes to deliver a programme of artist-led projects with local students exploring how artists have used the visual arts to investigate themes of conflict and war.


AHA-MK is a forum of almost 30 organisations working jointly to promote, represent and develop the arts and heritage sector as a strategic contributor to Milton Keynes community. Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. 

For further details of the From Conflict to Cosmopolis project visit AHA-mk’s website  


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