Email Newsletter

The Milton Keynes Heritage News email newsletter provides updates about MKHA, our members and local heritage.

The newsletter is distributed on Monday mornings and includes updates from our members and other heritage news.


Milton Keynes Heritage News
21st September 2020

MKHA members

While MKHA members are not holding meetings and other events, we’ll highlight some of the local heritage freely available online from our members.

New Great Linford history website

This new website collects a wide and growing range of information on the history of the Buckinghamshire village and ancient parish of Great Linford. It provides readers with an insight into the rich historical legacy preserved within the original parish boundaries.

Topics covered include education, industry, law and order including a selection of crimes and misdemeanours, the Manor, people and politics.

Great Linford history website

Cosgrove’s Extraordinary Women

Cosgrove & Furtho

The Cosgrove & Furtho website acknowledges the thousands of women who have lived in Cosgrove throughout history. Most of them are unrecorded or their records have been lost over hundreds of years.

It’s possible to mention only a few on the website. They include:

  • Betty Archer, who appears regularly in the Church accounts receiving money for beer and ale for meetings, and under her title “Goody” Archer also received money for washing and mending the priest’s “Surpliss”
  • Elizabeth Graham gave £166 13s 4d to build the Old School which  improved the education of Cosgrove children up to the age of 12 for many years.
  • During the Second World War Elizabeth Brown of the Barge Inn, on the canal at Cosgrove, raised funds, firstly for Northampton Hospital Fund and later for the serving men of Cosgrove.
  • Mabel Jelley was a founder member of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. During the war she belonged to the ARP and was an organiser for welfare foods and welfare produce until well into the 1960s. By 1947 Mabel was a Councillor and began a campaign for a sewerage service to replace the “Bucket and Chuckit” system. She followed this with proposals for a clean water supply for the village, which was still using wells.
  • Joan Wake helped to start Northampton Record Society and her work has preserved historical records for Cosgrove. She received the CBE in 1960.
Cosgrove’s Extraordinary Women
Photo by fauxels from Pexels

Forthcoming online events

Free Guided tours of the Palace of Westminster take place until Friday, 2nd October.

Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy on Monday, 21st September is an online meeting for members of the Northamptonshire Family History Society.

Thomas Archer: architect of the English Baroque on Monday, 21st September  is a Young Georgians online lecture (£5.00).

Black Abolitionist Tour of London on Tuesday, 22nd September is a free 90-minute virtual walking tour of London highlighting six sites where African American activists made an important impact.

England’s Catholic Reformation is a free Gresham College online lecture on Wednesday, 23rd September.

Nursing Myth Busters: Fashion, Fantasy and Female Firsts is a free talk by the Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre on Wednesday, 23rd September (donations welcome – a Period Poverty Fundraiser).

A Short History of Architectural Photography is a free talk on Thursday, 24th September by the Twentieth Century Society (donations towards C20’s campaigning welcome).

The World of Isaac Newton is a free Gresham College online lecture on Monday, 28th September.

Cobham Dairy: a case study in Wyatt family collaboration on Tuesday, 29th September is a Georgian Group online lecture (£5.00).

Ben Macintyre: Agent Sonya on Friday, 2nd October is a free live stream from the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Armchair heritage

Some suggestions for heritage activities at home and for days out locally.
More at:

Identify the locations: Cogenhoe

Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre

The volunteers at Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre have identified the exact locations of over 1,500 images in the Kitchener Collection. But they need your help too! The exact locations of 150 images remain a mystery – do you know where they are?

What They Are Looking For

They want the details for the spot Maurice Kitchener would have stood to take the photograph. So not necessarily details for the spot of the building or street, but from whereabouts on the street he would have been taking the picture.

Details To Send

Latitude and Longitude Bearing: e.g. 52.047288, -0.79502789 OS Grid Reference: e.g. SP827394 Postcode: e.g. MK13 9AP

A useful website for finding these details is UK Grid Reference Finder (

Then all you need to do is send them to MKCDC.

Identify the locations in the Kitchener Collection

Did you know?

You can view aerial photographs of Britain online

The photographs were taken by Aerofilms Ltd, a commercial aerial photography company founded in 1919. The company was established to take photographs of Britain from airplanes for surveying and mapping purposes. One of its clients was the Ordnance Survey.

In June 2007 the millions of aerial photographs taken by Aerofilms were sold to English Heritage in partnership with The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Since 2007 this partnership has been busy mapping the locations in all those historical aerial views of Britain.

The result is Britain from Above. Using Britain from Above’s interactive map you can search and view Aerofilms’ vintage aerial views of Britain by location.

Britain from Above

Dates for your diary

The Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology will take place between Saturday, 24th October and Sunday, 1st November 2020.

This year’s Bucks Local History Network Conference on Saturday, 24th October 2020.will be a free online half-day conference entitled Wellers, Wethereds and Wheelers on the topic of Buckinghamshire brewers through three centuries. There will be a Conference website with news from Bucks local history and archaeology societies.