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The Museum is Now Closed until 3rd March 2015.

We can still be contacted, Group Bookings arranged for 2015 and our on-line shop is still available.


‘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 in Olney Buckinghamshire celebrates the work and lives of two famous local residents: William Cowper a celebrated 18th century poet; and John Newton, a prominent slave trade abolitionist who was curate in the local church. Together, Cowper and Newton wrote the ‘Olney Hymns’, including the world’s most popular hymn, ‘Amazing Grace’. The Museum building is original to the Georgian era and is presented as it would have been when William Cowper was its resident. It has a unique garden of outstanding horticultural interest as it is only planted with specimens introduced to England before 1800. Within the Museum’s collections are the literary works and personal effects of William Cowper showing a detailed insight into Georgian life and a fine collection of lace and local history artefacts. The Cowper and Newton Museum is a charitable trust run almost entirely by volunteers.

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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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