Milton Keynes is a large town in Buckinghamshire, in the South East of England and features a number of sites of importance to the art world. Amongst these is the 1,400 seat Milton Keynes Theatre that features an unusual aspect, that the ceiling can be lowered closing off the third tier with views of creating a more intimate space for small-scale productions. There are further performance spaces in Bletchley, Wolverton, Leadenhall, Shenley Church End, Stantonbury and Walton Hall, and the town also houses a public art gallery, Milton Keynes Gallery, which hosts free exhibitions of international contemporary art.
In Wavendon, on the southern edge of the town, is The Stables, which is a venue for jazz, blues, folk, rock, classical, pop and world music and another music venue is The Pitz Club, which features a mixture of punk, alternative rock, and heavy metal. As well as these Milton Keynes is also home to two museums, the Bletchley Park museum of wartime cryptography, and the Milton Keynes Museum.
Bletchley Park, The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB (01908)640404
In 1937, this late-Victorian Buckinghamshire mansion became known as ‘Station X’, the tenth of a number of sites acquired by Military Intelligence for anticipated wartime operations.
Three years later, it became the scene of one of the Second World Wars greatest achievements; the breaking of the Enigma code. Now a museum, Bletchley Park contains a number of fascinating artefacts and exhibitions.