June 2024

As part of our 10th Anniversary Celebratory Year for the Milton Keynes Rose on Saturday 15 June from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at The Event Space, Milton Keynes Central Library, we are holding an archive collection event to gather and preserve memories and memorabilia related to the Milton Keynes Rose. Everyone is invited to come along and bring photographs, saved newspaper articles, postcards, any objects related to the Milton Keynes Rose or to share your memories of the Milton Keynes Rose and contribute to this important archival project.

The aim of the archive collection event is to support an archive that will be held by the Living Archive Milton Keynes, and we are delighted that Mark Niel, Milton Keynes’ Poet Laureate has written a poem for us titled The Story So Far – see below.

If you have memories and memorabilia relating to the Milton Keynes Rose, come along to help celebrate 10 years of the Milton Keynes Rose.

The Story So Far

For the MK Rose in 2024

This is our Peace Garden

Our sacred space

Our standing stones

And Amazing Grace

This is our stage

For music and dance

For jokes and jazz

Shakespeare and Romance

This is our Remembrance

Of the brave and bolder

Of Bletchley Park

And local boy soldier

This is our Celebration

Of calendar of Days

Of Winners and achievements

That truly amazed

This is our vigil

Our lone grief or unity

Our solidarity

And sense of community

This is our history

Our present day too

As we write new chapters

We need your memories too

Of events attended

Whether joyful or sad

The sombre and zany

The serious or mad

What made it special?

We need it explained.

Please don’t mention the weather

(It probably rained!)

Mark Niel

Milton Keynes’ Poet Laureate

May 2024