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.



Events We hold a number of events during our open months. See how many events interest you!


Group Visits

The earliest known photograph of a group visit by members of Wolverton Wesleyan Chapel to William Cowper’s Summer House, circa 1900. Photograph by Jonathan Knight, formerly of Olney. Schools We welcome visits from school groups. Please see Educational Group Visits.

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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