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About Us

Welcome to Orchardside house, the home of William Cowper, renowned 18th century poet from 1768 to 1786. Discover how his friend John Newton’s life and personal experience inspired him to write the world’s most famous hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ here in Olney.

Flower & Summer House Gardens

Visit the Museum Gardens of the eighteenth century poet, William Cowper, a very innovative gardener, living at a time when seeds and plants were arriving from North America. He was resident at Orchard Side in the Market Place at Olney from 1768 to 1786.

The Cowper and Newton Collection

Discover the many personal belonging of William Cowper and John Newton

NEW Rare children’s miniature bookcase on display

June in the Three Hares Gallery

The Three Hares Gallery is proud to be a host venue for Bucks Open Studio. This annual event, held every June, celebrates the work of artists and makers all over the county.

Cowper & Newton Symposium

Book now for the Cowper & Newton Symposium celebrating the heritage of William Cowper & John Newton on SATURDAY 22 JULY 2017

Family Fun

Find out about our Family Fun Trails & Things to Do

Campaign to Abolish the Slave Trade in Britain

“Am I Not a Man And a Brother?”

Georgian Dancers of Amazing Grace

Georgian Dancers of Amazing Grace – a dance group from the Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney.

Visit Olney

As well as visiting the museum, why not spend some time enjoying Olney with its historic buildings and many shops and places to eat?

A reminder of some of our activities:

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  • Visit throughout the Year our Glorious Gardens at the Cowper and Newton Museum