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October 2017

Felt Lace: An exhibition by the International Feltmakers Association

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Free

Felt is the oldest form of fabric known to humankind, predating weaving and knitting. In Turkey, the remains of felt have been found, dating back to at least 6,500 BC. During the last twenty years it has experienced an exciting reinvention and become a world wide, artistic phenomenon. Felt Lace is an exhibition by region 5 members of the International Feltmakers Association. It was inspired by the museum's lace collection and by the history of lace making in Olney and…

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Cowper on Thursdays – twenty minute introductions to the poet

Thursday, October 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Museum and Gardens, Orchard Side, Market Place
Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 4AJ United Kingdom

Two - 'Cowper & Milton.' Cowper on Thursdays is back for another series starting at 2pm on 28th September and then the first three Thursdays in October. Poetry expert Ben Field will be giving informal introductions to different aspects of the poet’s life and work. Come along to this special series of events and hear more about the man who lived and worked here at Orchard Side.  The talks will be around 20 minutes, followed by questions. Each talk will stand alone, but…

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Cowper on Thursdays – twenty minute introductions to the poet

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Museum and Gardens, Orchard Side, Market Place
Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 4AJ United Kingdom

Three - 'Mary Unwin.' Cowper on Thursdays is back for another series starting at 2pm on 28th September and then the first three Thursdays in October. Poetry expert Ben Field will be giving informal introductions to different aspects of the poet’s life and work. Come along to this special series of events and hear more about the man who lived and worked here at Orchard Side.  The talks will be around 20 minutes, followed by questions. Each talk will stand alone, but all…

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Cowper on Thursdays – twenty minute introductions to the poet

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Museum and Gardens, Orchard Side, Market Place
Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 4AJ United Kingdom

Four - 'Cowper & Homer.' Cowper on Thursdays is back for another series starting at 2pm on 28th September and then the first three Thursdays in October. Poetry expert Ben Field will be giving informal introductions to different aspects of the poet’s life and work. Come along to this special series of events and hear more about the man who lived and worked here at Orchard Side.  The talks will be around 20 minutes, followed by questions. Each talk will stand alone, but…

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In the Dark Dark Museum Family Trails & Things to Do

Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

In the Dark Dark Museum October Half term Family Trails & Things to Do Friday 20th October – Tuesday 31st October Come and practise your Night-watchman skills around the Museum & Gardens Using your finger-torch (which is included in the £1.00 cost of the trail) search the dark dark places in the Museum, Gardens & Viper Barn to find what shouldn't be there .... £1.00 per child includes a finger torch for you to take away with you          …

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250 Years of John Newton’s Study at the Vicarage in Olney

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
St Peter and St Paul church, Parish church of St Peter and St Paul, Church Street,
Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 4AD United Kingdom
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250 Years - Join us to share the story of the move into the refurbished and enlarged Vicarage

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Free Art Workshops (18+) A Room with a View @ The C & N Museum

Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Cowper & Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Pl, Olney
Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ United Kingdom

Artist Caroline Devine found inspiration for her new sound installation ‘City of Things’ at CMK @ the C&N Museum - now you can too...

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November 2017

Inner Space: Naini

Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Free

Artist Naini Ahluwalia, started painting from a young age and had a lucky break when she was offered the opportunity for her first solo exhibition in 1991. The first show was critiqued by the top art critics of the time; the positive reviews for the self-taught gifted artist came as a surprise. This was just the beginning of an art career. Since then her art has gained much popularity. There is freedom of expression and depth that only comes when…

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Free Art Workshops with Emma Wilde @ The C & N Museum  Workshop 2  Families (children 7-12 with accompanying adult) 

Saturday, November 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Cowper & Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Pl, Olney
Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ United Kingdom

Artist Caroline Devine found inspiration for her new sound installation ‘City of Things’ at CMK @ the C&N Museum - now you can too...

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Friday Quiz Evening – Get those thinking caps on!

Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Olney Centre United Kingdom
£10.00

Friday Quiz Evening with Fish and Chips Back by popular demand! Come along to our Friday Quiz Evening hosted by our now regular and most popular Quiz-Masters Neil and Pat Hodges. Tickets £10 per head, available now from the Museum and include a Fish and Chip Supper. Bring drinks, condiments and a headful of facts! We’re suggesting teams of 6-8 people, but if you don’t want to put a team together, don’t worry, we can match you up with a table…

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December 2017

Get Making in MK50 Roadshow

Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Free

The Three Hares Gallery is the final stop on the Get Making in MK50 Roadshow. This is a travelling exhibition which celebrates the skills of twenty-five local maker-artists working in wood, metal, ceramics, glass, mosaic and textiles and includes photographs by Brian Tomlinson. Learn about the makers' techniques and view special pieces of their work inspired by the new city of Milton Keynes in its 50th year. Below we described some of the works on show and the artists involved:…

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Spooky Walk! Historical Tour of Olney

Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Meet outside the Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney
Bucks, MK464AJ United Kingdom
£10

This spooky walk will be led by our guide Tom on Friday 15th December, exploring some of the hidden corners and alleyways of the town.

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February 2018

Join Us for Opening Day 2018

February 13
The Cowper & Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Pl, Olney
Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ United Kingdom

Join Us for Opening Day Why not drop in today as we open for our 2018 season Find out how William & Mary’s house move preparations are going Buy your commemorative Pancake Day Race aprons See our artist David Purvis at work as he creates a painting for our Cowper & Newton 250 year celebration Put in your bid to own this specially commissioned original painting Talk to us about our new National Lottery funded project Craft table & Family…

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to shorten winter’s sadness

February 13 @ 10:30 am - March 29 @ 4:30 pm
Free

Due to the success of our first exhibition of 2018 - 'to shorten winter's sadness' featuring the work of Katy and David Quinn, the exhibition is being extended until the end of March. David is originally from Tasmania and spent much of the 80s and 90s as a touring and recording musician. He is a photographer with a particular interest in fine art landscapes and seascapes - with the odd cityscape. In his more recent work, he uses long exposure techniques…

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Half Term Family Fun – Moving Day Trail

February 14 @ 10:30 am - February 17 @ 4:30 pm
The Cowper & Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Pl, Olney
Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ United Kingdom

Moving Day Free children's trail in the house for half term week with your adult pass or entrance on the day Mr Cowper & Mrs Unwin moved into Orchard Side 250 year ago this February Collect your trail pack from the Museum Shop and help out with the house move Claim your helper's fee on a job well done

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March 2018

Easter Family Fun

March 24 @ 10:30 am - April 14 @ 4:30 pm
The Cowper & Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Pl, Olney
Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ United Kingdom
£1.00

Join us for Easter fun for the family with trails, mazes & challenges throughout the Museum & Gardens

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April 2018

‘Stuff’ by Charlotte Prior

April 3 @ 10:30 am - April 27 @ 4:30 pm
Museum, Orchard Side
Olney,
Free

Our exhibition for April, entitled 'Stuff', features the work of Charlotte Prior.
Influenced by the writing of Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Charlotte says she is drawn to the relationship between the theory and practise of art and design

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May 2018

Warm & Fiery by Naini

May 2 @ 10:30 am - May 31 @ 4:30 pm

May's exhibition in the Three Hares Gallery features the exciting work of Naini Ahluwalia. Naini's paintings, often created using bare hands, display her minimalist style and understanding of the subject and medium to produce unique pieces.

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Refreshments in the Courtyard & Gardens

May 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Cowper & Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Pl, Olney
Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ United Kingdom
£3.00

Enjoy Refreshments in the Tranquil Courtyard & Gardens of the Cowper & Newton Museum

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Refreshments in the Courtyard & Gardens

May 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Cowper & Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Pl, Olney
Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ United Kingdom
£3.00

Enjoy Refreshments in the Tranquil Courtyard & Gardens of the Cowper & Newton Museum

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May Half-Term Family Trail ‘The Glowworm’

May 26 - June 2
The Cowper & Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Pl, Olney
Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ United Kingdom
£1

May Family Trail, ‘The Glowworm’ for Half-Term. Our half-term trail is inspired by William Cowper’s poem ‘The Glow Worm.’ Follow the poem around the museum have a go at the garden quiz meet our toy glow worm, Greg! Trail £1 | Usual admission applies

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Refreshments in the Courtyard & Gardens

May 31 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Cowper & Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Pl, Olney
Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ United Kingdom
£3.00

Enjoy Refreshments in the Tranquil Courtyard & Gardens of the Cowper & Newton Museum

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June 2018

Hands On – Repair our Viper Barn

June 2 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

With our HLF renovations underway, we are concentrating on preserving our historic Viper Barn. Why not come along on Saturday 2nd June to a drop-in workshop to find out more - and you’ll have a chance to have a go yourself.

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Open Gardens Weekend – National Garden Scheme

June 9 - June 10
Museum, Orchard Side
Olney,
£3.00

Open Gardens Weekend - National Garden Scheme Our beautiful gardens, in the heart of Olney, will be open on Saturday and Sunday in aid of the National Garden Scheme. 10:30am - 4:30pm Over the last 90 years, the NGS has raised over £50 million for nursing charities across the UK, thanks to the warm generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors. See lace-making demonstrations in the gardens.  Buy plants, and seeds harvested from our gardens.  Enjoy refreshments served in Cowper's Courtyard.  Your entrance…

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Refreshments in the Courtyard & Gardens

June 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Cowper & Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Pl, Olney
Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ United Kingdom
£3.00

Enjoy Refreshments in the Tranquil Courtyard & Gardens of the Cowper & Newton Museum

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