Westbury Arts Centre set to open exhibition

A free exhibition opens to the public at the Westbury Arts Centre from Saturday 16th June until 6th July.

The exhibition, which has received help from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, traces the surprising history of the site.

Already hundreds of years old at the time of the Norman Conquest, it was a 14th century moated manor, then a farm and now a thriving local arts centre.

The exhibition has been put together with help from a group of volunteers who have researched the site.

A Saxon pendant excavated here in the 1980s was one of the earliest indications that the site has a rich history.

The 14th Century moated manor was replaced in 1650 by a manor house that forms the core of the present day building and was until the arrival of the new city of Milton Keynes a farm and a home for several generations of tenants and owners.

Westbury’s story is showcased in the exhibition alongside information about the flora and fauna of the are, including nearby Shenley Wood.

The Natural History Society has researched, surveyed and documented the wildlife, in order to help document the distinctive collection of flora and fauna in the area. This includes protected bats and Great Crested Newts.

The exhibition also includes oral histories from the more recent past as a farm, home and, since the late 1980s, the arts centre. Finally, there will also be the opportunity to view featured works of art produced by some of the centre’s artists.

Westbury Arts Centre is just minutes away from Milton Keynes’ centre and of course the Redway System also passes close by for walkers and cyclists.

The exhibition will be open during the weekends from 11am-4pm and on Wednesdays & Fridays from 10am-2pm – Entry to the exhibition is FREE and open to everybody.

In addition, visits by groups can be arranged by appointment. To find out more, you can contact 01908 501214 or history@westburyartscentre.co.uk

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