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Dr Mark Clapson cites Milton Keynes as a global focus for new urban development

History 10 May 2016

Milton Keynes

Urban Historian at the University of Westminster, Dr Mark Clapson, was interviewed for the Guardian’s ‘Cities’ column in regards to the growing overseas interest in the new town of Milton Keynes.

Turning 50 next year, Milton Keynes is an internationally renowned town planning project begun during the 1960s. It is now the largest new city in Britain, and a dynamic growth hub that is very popular with its residents. Despite decades of being overlooked as a suburb, the town of Milton Keynes has been pioneering, hosting Britain’s first multiplex cinema.

Speaking to the Guardian, Dr Clapson says Milton Keynes is “a free-wheeling, mobile place, connected through the car and communication technology”, as well as “an open, diverse city which we should be proud of.”

Dr Clapson has researched the social history of British new towns, and written well-received publications on Milton Keynes, Britain’s largest new town. His research has been translated into Dutch, French, Italian and Japanese, and he has given conference and seminar papers around the world.

Dr Clapson is a Reader in the department of History, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Westminster’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Read the Guardian article, Story of cities #34: the struggle for the soul of Milton Keynes

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