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


Finders Keepers – Tales in Textiles! by Connie Flynn

We have an exciting programme of exhibitions in the Three Hares Gallery in 2017, beginning on 14th February with Connie Flynn and her fascinating Finders Keepers – Tales in Textiles! show.


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?