Milton Keynes Museum director awarded MBE in New Years Honours Lists

Milton Keynes Museum is thrilled to announce that its director Bill Griffiths has been made an MBE in Her Majesty’s New Years Honours List.

Bill has received the MBE for services to Museums and the community in Milton Keynes.

Having spent his early career looking after education and public information at London Zoo, Bill began working at the Museum as a volunteer in 1992. He took on the role of director a year later.

Under his guidance, it has grown into one of the most successful volunteer driven Museums in the country.

On New Year’s Day in 1996, the Wolverton-based hub was the target of an arson attack which devastated buildings and saw unique artefacts lost forever.

Undeterred, Bill vowed that it would rise from the ashes, and it certainly did; today it is a hugely popular attraction for all ages, telling the story of history in the area before Milton Keynes was founded.

Two new galleries have now been built, and when furnished they will explore the modern day success of Milton Keynes.

“Bill has worked tirelessly for the Museum for decades to ensure our history is preserved for future generations, and to inspire visitors during their visits to us,” said colleague Graham Harris, “His energy and dedication to the Museum is incredible. This honour is so deserved and I am thrilled for him, and I know all our volunteers and supporters will be too.”

Speaking about his award, Bill said: “I was overwhelmed when I found out about it. You never know how you’ll feel, because you don’t think it will ever happen.

“Many people give so much to the community, and I am truly humbled to be considered one of them.

“The Museum has always been a passion and a labour of love for me, and continues to be so.

“The public ownership of the Museum is what makes it unique and brilliant, and I am very proud to be part of such a strong volunteer team.

He added: “The immersive aspect for visitors and the involvement of volunteers for the whole community is what makes it so special. I really believe in that, and I will continue to do my best for the Museum and local residents, and for visitors to the new town.”

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