On the Verge introducing Public Art in underpasses to celebrate our heritage. Transforming public spaces making them inviting and joyful.

On the Verge believes:

 “Milton Keynes is such a unique place that its 50-year (and beyond) history deserves to be explored and celebrated.
We want to capture the ideas and voices of today’s communities for the new generations and look to the past and share our findings in a creative way”.

Myriam Metcalf, OTV Project Director.

The ‘Underpasses: connecting people, connecting places’ project was developed to connect communities in 4 Milton Keynes estates (Conniburrow, Downs Barn, Fishermead and Oldbrook) and Central Milton Keynes to its New Town Heritage, through a programme of art and heritage based community engagement, school sessions and activities led by artists and other professionals to explore the heritage of the New Town.

A key aim for On the Verge is to:
“Revive, improve and enhance selected underpasses, a key design feature of MK, creating more attractive and safer surroundings for residents and visitors and to communicate the history of the New Town.” 
The outcome of these community-based activities has inspired artist commissions for artwork for 2 underpasses connecting Conniburrow & Downs Barn and Fishermead & Oldbrook.

In addition to this, the ‘Underpasses’ project has produced other outputs which you can download from the website including:

  • 2 Children’s publications about the 50 year history and beyond of Milton Keynes,’Travelling in Time’ for 5-11 year olds and ‘My MK’ for 11-16 year olds.
  • A Heritage Trail App linked to the 11-16 year old publication ‘My MK’ focusing in the New Town history of MK

‘We were pleased to have the opportunity to be part of the project.  
The Heritage Trail leaflet has been particularly well received and has opened people’s eyes to the modern architecture of the four grid squares involved: it will be a important legacy of the work of Myriam and her colleagues.’   (Tim Skelton, Chair of MK Forum, the Milton Keynes’s Civic Society)  

The ‘Underpasses’ project was made possible with funding from: