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‘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.

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!

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THE SALTMINE THEATRE COMPANY performed: ‘John Newton – Amazing Grace’
‘Amazing Grace’, the world-renowned hymn written by John Newton in Olney was celebrated on Saturday 25th October by a theatre performance of the story by The Saltmine Theatre Company, to commemorate our 250th Anniversary of John Newton preaching his first sermon at The St Peter and St Paul Church, Olney on Sunday, 27th May 1764.
We thank the players for a very enjoyable evening and look forward to following their future performances.

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‘Olney People and WWI’

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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.

Our visitors love coming back!

‘Such a fascinating museum!’ ‘Thank you for keeping our treasures safe for all to enjoy’. ‘We had no idea this amazing museum with gorgeous gardens were here and we’ve lived here 30 years! We’ll be back using our Annual Pass!’ ‘So many interesting things to look at and stories to read about – thank you!’

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