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Saturday 26th July – Archaeology Day! Have you ever found archaeological objects and wondered what they were? Ros Tyrrell, the Finds Liaison Officer of the Bucks Museum Resource Centre will be here to help. Enjoy our museum and gardens too!

For more information see EVENTS.  Volunteers always needed for Front of House – do contact us if you have a few hours to spare a month.  Your help with organising […]


The Cowper and Newton Museum and gardens celebrate two great men who lived in Olney, the home of ‘Amazing Grace’.  Our Georgian gentlemen are the leading 18th Century poet and letter writer William Cowper and his friend, John Newton who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace”, later to help William Wilberforce to abolish the slave trade. Together Cowper and Newton wrote the ‘Olney Hymns’ many of which are still sung today. This Georgian museum is housed in Orchard Side where William Cowper lived and worked 300 years ago. It has beautiful, well- tended gardens, a lovely 18th Century Summer House and a collection of local history artefacts.  Cowper wrote ‘Variety’s the very spice of life’ – come and see our fascinating variety of treasures here!

‘I was overwhelmed by the amount of collection care that is taking place in the museum with such a small number of staff and the quality of the collection of early rare pieces, it really was very impressive.’ ~Extract taken from: 2014 Collections Care Health Check, Museum Development Service, Oxford.


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Business Consultant

The Cowper and Newton Museum invites a business consultant team to work with trustees, staff and volunteers to develop its world class offer into a pragmatic, achievable business and operational plan.

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Come and see our 'Olney People and WW1 Exhibition'

WW1 Trench

To remember our brave heroes and to commemorate the Great War 1914 -1918 we are telling the local story of those years.  With our thanks to so many kind families in our community we now have information and artefacts relating to many local families during WW1.

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