The two gentlemen

'Visit the house where one of England’s favourite poets William Cowper lived for twenty years, and imagine domestic life as he experienced it in late-Georgian times. Enjoy his garden and the celebrated summer-house where he wrote, and where he used to meet his neighbour, the preacher and former slave trader John Newton, author of the hymn Amazing Grace.'

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The Museum – Orchard Side and Gilpin House

Visit our historic 18th century townhouse, the tranquil gardens and some of the greatest stories of the era

Autumn colour

Our Glorious Gardens

Winter colours to enjoy in the Summer House and C18th Garden

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The Cowper and Newton Collection

Explore Orchard and Gilpin House, discovering the many personal belonging of William Cowper and John Newton


Winter Tails: Wildlife Art by John Tuff

During December, John Tuff is showing his works of wildlife, rendered in chalk pastel. Most of John’s work is rendered in this medium as he loves the vibrancy of colour and the versatility it offers.


Georgian Dancers of Amazing Grace

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


Family Fun

Fun for All the Family at the Cowper and Newton Museum


Campaign to Abolish the Slave Trade in Britain

“Am I Not a Man And a Brother?”

Garden Visitors

Group Visits

Coach parties and groups

Bookings are welcome by prior arrangement – we can arrange an introductory talk, a full guided tour or be free to wander to your hearts content…


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?