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A Tale of Two Villages

A Tale of Two Villages

Two Villages Archive Trust is a voluntary organisation collecting archive material in the form of documents, maps, photographs and oral reminiscence. Research for a community drama had revealed a wealth of interesting items kept in unlikely places and which needed cataloguing and preserving, so a group was formed to undertake this and also to record changes as they occurred.

The community play,  “A Tale of Two Villages”, which was performed in and around All Saints, Milton Keynes Village  in 1991 inspired our group’s name, Two Villages Archive Trust. The two villages are Broughton and Milton Keynes Village, close neighbours which have for many years shared a Parish Council and amenities such as a school and a community centre.

The Trust started in 1995, and is still growing. Groups such as ours hope by their activities to encourage the people of a large new urban development to put down roots in their local community and to contribute to it, promoting pride and a sense of belonging.
We started out with the intention of conserving what material we already had, but we have attracted much more through our policy of holding regular meetings to share our research and listen to specialist speakers, mounting small exhibitions, and making material available to students of all ages and individuals carrying out family research. We also contrive to have great fun and an active social life!

To open the chest select a dot or arrow.

One of our first tasks was to investigate the contents of the Milton Keynes Parish Chest which had been kept in the church, but by then had been catalogued by the Milton Keynes Development Corporation’s Archaeological Unit and then handed back to the Parish. See what we found HERE

Milton Keynes Village is of particular significance as it has lent its name to the New City of Milton Keynes. We think our Two Villages are undoubtedly two of the jewels in the City’s crown.
The Trust meets on the second Monday of the month in Milton Keynes Village Hall 7.45pm
Non-members are welcome at any meeting (charge £2). Annual membership fee £10.
Chairman: Geoff Dawe
Secretary: Joy Dawe
Click here for our current programme of meetings and talks

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