The Museum is located in the peaceful surroundings of Stacey Hill Farm. Stacey Hill Farm was built early in the Victorian era as a model farm. It was located on the the outskirts of Wolverton, one of the UK's original "railway towns".
Milton Keynes Museum is an independent museum for the local community.
They believe that a local museum should be central to its community and provide a vibrant and exciting environment for people to discover how things that happened in the past affect the way we live today.
The Museum was founded in 1973 when a group of local people began to collect items found in farms and factories that were being closed down to make way for the development of Milton Keynes, the UK's last 'new city'.
Milton Keynes Development Corporation allowed the enthusiasts to house the items in Stacey Hill Farm, Wolverton. The Stacey Hill Society was formed to develop the collection with the long term aim of creating a proper museum. Since this time, ownership of the collection has remained separate from the ownership of the land and buildings.
The collection grew rapidly in the early years as thousands of items were accumulated. Support from the local community was strong, even though opening times were limited to a few Sunday afternoons and working weekends each year.
It was clear from the start that agriculture and industry would be major parts of the collection. Items connected with domestic life and local commerce were also strongly represented.
By the 1980s the Museum had developed into a popular local attraction. Visits by local schools were increasing. The collection now occupied almost the whole of the Stacey Hill Farm site.
A unique set of exhibits from the oldest railway works in the world has gone on display at Milton Keynes Museum. TheseWolverton Works exhibits had previously been looked after by the Wolverton Works Foremans’ Association.
Many had been on private display in the Royal Train Foremans’ Office which was finally closed in July last year when the last holder of the post, Chris Hillyardretired. There are many Royal Train artefacts on display, most have never been publically seen before.
The original Works Boardroom tableis in the centre of the exhibitionsurrounded by crests from long disappeared railway companies displayed on walls around the room. Many of the exhibits are invaluable, but no more than the case containing the original wax seals from the 19 constituent railways that made up The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway such as the East Lancs, Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal and the Preston and Wyre Dock Railways.
In common with other major railway Works, staff were encouraged to participate in sporting and ambulance competitions. Many of the cups and shields awarded for sporting and first aid competitions over the years are on show as are railway Crests from around the world such as Siam Railways. Wolverton exported carriages and wagon across the world and the quality of their workmanship can be seen by two examples exquisite marquetry on display. These are wooden marquetry panels made at Wolverton for the LMS Irish Boat train services.
The exhibition is a joint exercise between the Milton Keynes Museum, The Living Archive, Wolverton Works and Milton Keynes Council.
High season is from April.
Opening hours are 11.00am - 4.30pm Wednesday to Sunday inclusive.
Families (2 Adults + Up To Four Children): £16.00
Milton Keynes Museum
Buckinghamshire MK12 5EL
Tel: 01908 316222
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