This project features the stories of 16 individuals who have been pioneers in their own communities or professional lives in Milton Keynes. It celebrates their stories and the work they have done to enhance the lives of others in the city and beyond.
This project was inspired by the seminal 1985 project ‘Pioneer Tales’ by Jane Turner and Bob Jardine, which captured the first generation of incomers to the new city.
The portraits of our new pioneers have been produced by Sagar Kharecha, Living Archive’s Photographer in Residence. Alongside the portraits you will find their own words; scan the QR code to hear excerpts from their interviews.
Living Archive collects, preserves and shares the stories of Milton Keynes. We aim to create connections and a sense of place, using old memories to create new ones by bringing communities together. We believe that ‘everybody has a story to tell’ and we want to tell the stories of every community in the city. We have a wealth of material in our diverse archive, covering many years of Milton Keynes history. In 2024 we are celebrating our 40th anniversary.
Living Archive is always keen to connect with individuals or community groups who would like to record or share their stories. We also invite writers, musicians, artists and other creatives from across the city to use our archive as a source of inspiration.
Pioneer Tales Revisited is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to capture the stories of these MK pioneers and preserve them to inspire future generations.