About the museum

The museum commemorates two great men William Cowper the influential poet and writer and John Newton preacher and writer of many Hymns including 'Amazing Grace'. The House and gardens where Cowper lived between 1768 and 1786 help the visitor relive Georgian life in Olney

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We are always looking for people who can volunteer their time to help in all aspects of running the museum. Contact us to find out more. The Gardens are looking particularly well now. Why not come along and enjoy them.


Group Visits

Coach parties and groups Bookings are welcome by prior arrangement. We can offer groups an introductory talk on arrival in our courtyard. This gives you a brief history of the museum, William Cowper and John Newton. We can also provide

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Look Around Olney – Olney is a beautiful country town. As well as visiting the museum spend some time enjoying this historic town and its many attractions. Olney and District Historical Society Sharing the History of Olney Bucks UK Olney

Three Hares Gallery

Calling all Artists!

Our Three Hares Art Gallery situated on the top floor of the Museum is now open for bookings for 2016.  We welcome exhibitions by local and other artists who would like to display their work in unique surroundings.  Take a

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Paul Higgs Pavane- in concert

Saturday 14 November. Since joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at age 14, Paul has gone on to play a major role as a composer and arranger. His style emphasizes lyrical melodies, as opposed to more angular forms of jazz.

Book launch by Neil Curry

14th Nov. William Cowper – A Revaluation. Neil Currry’s penetrating analysis of the complex interaction between Cowper’s life and the work reveals a different cast of mind from the widely-held view of Cowper as a ‘stricken deer’. Undeniably one of