Off the grid: lost and found in Milton Keynes | The Open University
In this 70th anniversary year of Indian Independence, Dr Maya Parmar showcases the role of South Asians in the cultural life of Britain. Experience the crucial role the communities play in the formation of Britain through photography and discussion with Dr Parmar, who draws belated attention to the wide-ranging contributions Indians have long made to Britain’s cultural, economic, intellectual, political and social life.
The Open University opens the doors to it’s Walton Hall campus for a performance by The Open University Choir of the world première of “A different kind of urban”, the piece it has commissioned for Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday. Milton Keynes author Judi Moore’s lyrics celebrate the new town, its history, geography, diversity and culture. Her text is set to music by composer and Open University Associate Lecturer in Music Liz Lane, whose Antiphonary for brass and percussion is also included in the concert. Admission to the concert is free and open to all
Dr Ben Masters, who grew up in the area, opens up a conversation about how new towns like Milton Keynes were “found” (founded) before being “lost” (forgotten, overlooked, dismissed). The uniqueness of Milton Keynes comes under the writer’s spotlight for an entertaining and insightful perspective on the city.
This activity gives everyone an opportunity for creative co-production – making poetry to respond to artefact where the focus is on ‘lost and found’ objects.
“Find out more about Jane Austen’s favourite poet William Cowper and why he was living in Olney in Milton Keynes. Discover more about his famous poem The Task and learn why admirers from all across the world came to walk in Cowper’s footsteps.
And then we imagine William Cowper’s favourite walk, follow a map and go on an adventure to which will lead us to pieces of the poem The Task”
Dr Shaf Towheed takes us on an adventure back in time explaining how readers of the past are linked to readers of today. We venture out to uncover lost books on a “treasure trail” a reading journey the whole family can take together.
Dr Umut Erel’s research focuses on care and citizenship among migrant mothers and their co-resident children. In this talk and video piece migrant families show us the meaning of enforced loss and newly found “homes”.