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Welcome to the Cowper & Newton Museum

Welcome to Orchard Side House
Find out here what delights we have in store for you when you visit to relive Georgian life with us in our 18th century town house.

Flower & Summer House Gardens

Visit our tranquil & historic Gardens. William Cowper was an innovative gardener at a time when seeds & plants were arriving from North America. Find out more here, including a plan of the gardens and our seasonal photo gallery.

The Cowper & Newton Collection

Take an on-line mini tour, right now, around the collection display rooms inside Orchard Side. Visit the ‘Welcome’ page to see the plan of the House & Gardens and a short guide to the other delights we have in store for you during your visit.

October in the Three Hares Gallery – Felt Lace

Felt Lace is an exhibition by region 5 members of the International Feltmakers Association. It was inspired by the museum’s lace collection and by the history of lace making in Olney and North Buckinghamshire.

Heritage Project Manager (HLF funded)

be part of our project to re-display and restore areas of our museum, helping us to delight our current visitors & encourage new visitors to relive Georgian life in Olney, the home of William Cowper & the Rev John Newton

Cowper & Newton Museum wins National Lottery support

The Cowper & Newton Museum in Olney has been awarded a £93,800 Heritage Lottery Fund grant National for the next step in its refurbishment programme

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.

Family Fun

Trails & Things to Do for Families
News about our October half term activities – In the Dark Dark Museum

A reminder of some of our activities:

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