Milton Keynes has played a seminal role in the development of UK skateboarding culture. During the late 1980s and early 1990s it was the skateboarding capital of the UK and is still regarded by some as the lead city for street skating. In 2005 it developed and opened Europe’s first skate plaza, The Buszy. It is an important story which until now has remained unrecorded and largely unknown outside of the skate community.
Starting in 2019 the project has gathered momentum, capturing oral histories and hosting exhibitions. In this podcast, project manager Caterina Loriggio is joined by core volunteers, and skateboarders: Wig Worland, Lindsay Knight, Will Tricks, Jay Bancroft, Moss Bancroft and Neil Bowen, to reflect on the project, and the history that they have been a part of.
MK Skate is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Milton Keynes Council.