Sanctuary: The Unlikely Home of British Rave


4 December 2021 - 23 January 2022

Project Space | Free Entry

How did an unsuspecting Milton Keynes warehouse become one of the UK’s largest and most beloved rave venues? Sanctuary: The Unlikely Home of British Rave will tell the story of the infamous all-night club that operated in the city from 1991-2004, drawing close to an estimated million ravers from across the country. 

The exhibition, an archive project that will display original ephemera, flyers, merchandise, artefacts, footage and more, is curated by Emma Hope Allwood, a writer and former Dazed editor who grew up around Milton Keynes. “It wasn’t until I became a journalist and came across the flyer for Dreamscape 1 that I learned of The Sanctuary,” she says. “For me, this project is about doing justice to the youth culture history of MK – a place which is too often unfairly maligned as a cultural void.”

COVID Safety

MK Gallery wants to ensure the safety of all our visitors and staff. Everyone must wear a face covering whilst visiting the Gallery unless you are clinically exempt or a child under the age of 11. Enhanced cleaning procedures will continue throughout the building, hand sanitiserwill be widely available, and the NHS Test and Trace app will still be accessible for use.

Opening Times

Exhibition open:
Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Café/Bar/Shop open late:
Tuesday, Friday & Saturday to 7.30pm

This exhibition has been generously supported by Carhartt WIP and the Weston Culture Fund.