Amateur and professional photographers are being urged to submit pictures of Milton Keynes through the ages to mark the town’s 50th birthday.

Equipment retailer Calumet Photographic, which has its head office in Tilbrook, wants to showcase how the area has changed since 1967 in a major online exhibition.

Best known for concrete model cows and excessive roundabouts, Milton Keynes has become home to more 200,000 people and 10,000 businesses. The grid infrastructure, which makes navigating around the town easier, is now used as a model for new towns across the world.

Jon Warner, Managing Director of Calumet Photographic, has an online shop and eight stores across the country, said: “We firmly believe that Milton Keynes is a fantastic place to live and work. We are fortunate to be based in a hub of thriving businesses, which although is close to the middle of the country and along the M1 corridor, is surrounded by beautiful parks and lakes.

“Celebrating the town’s 50th birthday is a very important part of its history and we felt, as a photography retailer and rental company, we should mark the celebration using pictures of how the people, architecture and community have changed since its inception.”

The Calumet Photographic MK@50 exhibition is just one of many events which are taking place across the Buckinghamshire town in 2017.

Development of Milton Keynes began in 1967 and its purpose was to help alleviate London’s chronic housing problem and to provide a commercial centre for Buckinghamshire.

Since then it has become a thriving town with one of the busiest shopping centres outside London and a hot bed of commercial and scientific innovation.

 

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