Oral history audio recordings of original residents who moved, between 1960 and 1966, to existing towns and villages later designated as Milton Keynes.
Records in this Group
Interview with Roger and Jean Whalley, who arrived in Bletchley in 1960. They discuss their move to Bletchley and settling in there, life before the new city, new estates, changes to transport, education and leisure facilities, parks, City Centre and future changes.
Dorothy Griffiths, an original resident since the early 1960s, discusses her move to New Bradwell, and the early days of Milton Keynes talking of housing and raising children. She helped to found the Co-op in New Bradwell, and later ShopMobility in the Central Milton Keynes shopping centre and the first spiritualist church in Milton Keynes.
Interview with Barbara Reid, who moved to the area in 1961 with her husband. She discusses moving to New Bradwell, hearing about the plans for Milton Keynes, shopping, community spirit, opinions of new developments, transport and parking and local events.
Interview with Margaret Deveruex, original resident since 1963, who discusses initial reaction to Milton Keynes plans, living in Newport Pagnell before the new city, moving to new estate, effect of the development on New Bradwell, new amenities and leisure facilities, transport, overall changes to the area and Milton Keynes publicity
Interview with Edna Read Neal, original resident since 1964, who discusses art exhibitions, City Gallery Arts Trust, connections with MK Development Corporation in the arts field, community art, art schemes in hospitals and Campbell Park sculptures.
Peter Truscott moved to Bletchley in 1965. He discusses feelings about the coming of the new town, his childhood, memories of the beginnings of Milton Keynes and the overall excitement about it. He also describes some of the early housing estates.
Ronald A. McNeil lived in Bletchley for 40 years. He discusses his work history, opportunities in Milton Keynes, changes, buildings, arrival of new residents, lack of power of residents, transport and Milton Keynes in the media.
Terry and Ruth James moved to the Haven Estate in Stony Stratford from London in 1964. They talk about adjusting to the new area. They recall hearing about the plans for Milton Keynes and remember seeing the new buildings going up. They moved in 1980 to Bradview Crescent.
Interview with a female resident who moved to Milton Keynes in the 1960s.
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Mr and Mrs Booth have lived in Castlethorpe for five years, having lived in the area for some time before their marriage. They remember initial reactions to the plans for Milton Keynes in the 1960s: ‘we used to have a laugh, fancy calling a city after that two-penny half-penny little place in the middle of ...
Andrew Hall was born in Stony Stratford and has lived in the Milton Keynes area all his life. He says: ‘Milton Keynes came to me’, he took it for granted, and talks of the changes he saw as he grew up: villages merging, the effect of the grid roads on transport, the loss of local ...
Shelley Wyn-de-Bank, an artist, was born in new Bradwell; she talks of her family and her childhood; her father worked at Wolverton Works. She remembers her first visit to the city centre with a neighbour, aged about seven: it was ‘awe inspiring’ because they lived in a fairly rural area, had no car and ...