MKHA’s most visible achievement to date has been the establishment in 2000-2001 of this website, incorporating The Jewels of Milton Keynes. The website was developed entirely by volunteer members, many of whom had no previous IT experience. Funding for training, equipment and project management was greatly assisted by a £40,000 grant from Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries (now the Arts Council England).
MKHA succeeded in raising funds for a similar project in 2002 to assist members in creating major extensions to the website, including documentary, photographic and oral records. Much gratitude must go to the Heritage Lottery Fund in providing the major funding for the project. As a result, the website has grown substantially and now has more historical information on-line than any equivalent geographical ‘footprint’ in the country. It has also been ‘hit’ more than a million times, at an average rate of 35-50,000 per month.
In addition to these major IT projects, MKHA organises training courses for its members to meet particular requirements, and allows opportunities to share good practice, information and equipment, to assist with the promotion of heritage to wider audiences.
MKHA works closely with Milton Keynes Council and other authorities and organisations, to promote heritage for all.