Milton Keynes to launch Sharing Culture initiative

Milton Keynes to launch Sharing Culture initiative

Destination Milton Keynes is working in partnership with Milton Keynes Council to deliver a year of cultural tourism initiatives, as a part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.  The initiatives, which are promoted under the Sharing Culture thread of the EYCH work, will be launched at an exclusive event taking place in Olney on Monday 21 May from 1-3pm.

Graham Bell, chair of European Year of Cultural Heritage, will speak at the event and explain how the initiative is important to the UK as well as to Milton Keynes in particular.  Also presenting are Steven Gordon-Wilson (DMK) and Shane Downer (MK Council).

Following the presentations and lunch at The Cherry Tree in Olney, guests will be invited to visit the world-renowned Cowper and Newton Museum – home of William Cowper and John Newton, writers of The Olney Hymns, which include Amazing Grace.  Guests are invited to tour the museum and enjoy Pimms and strawberries on the lawn.

Steven Gordon-Wilson, CEO of Destination Milton Keynes said, “Milton Keynes’ cultural heritage is so important to the story of the city and to our visitor economy.  People come from far and wide to visit our wide range of cultural assets – this event will kick start some really strong initiatives which will grow the sector even further.”

Shane Downer, Heritage Officer at Milton Keynes Council added: “It’s really significant that we’re hosting this event in partnership with Cowper and Newton Museum – the venue is a jewel in our cultural crown and a real unsung hero of the MK story.  We’re delighted to be giving it a platform with this campaign.”

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