Happy Birthday to us! Milton Keynes launches its 50th birthday celebrations with free exhibition

It's almost 50 years since Milton Keynes was officially born, and in the lead up to the big event (on January 23), an exhibition at Middleton Hall in centre:mk will be shining a light on our rich history.

A New City Comes to Life begins on Tuesday (Jan 10) in Middleton Hall, and tells the story of the place we call home, the UK’s most successful new city.

And what a rich, diverse array of artefacts there are - from dinosaur bones to driverless cars; from Stone Age nomads to the digital generation; from farms, sleepy villages and Victorian railway towns to a vibrant regional economic and cultural powerhouse of 260,000 people - and it is still growing.

Follow the information and data trail and learn how Milton Keynes was born and built.

What was here before, what’s here now, and what is still to come. See archive images, period videos and those famous TV adverts as well as a unique collection of original architectural models of iconic city landmarks.

Visitors will be able to read the words and hear the voices of those who conceived and constructed Milton Keynes, the first residents and those who came after.

Build a house, play on the MK50 Game Mat, enter the Quiz and win prizes.

Don’t miss the Aston Martin Vantage, Lutz Pathfinder self-driving pod, a replica Enigma machine from Bletchley Park, the Festive Road Triceratops, the Stadium MK visitor’s book signed by Her Majesty The Queen and much more.

History?  It's the foundation of our new city...