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August 2017

Cowper on Thursdays – twenty minute introductions to the poet. 3: Love Poetry

Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Cowper on Thursdays, 2pm every Thursday in August. 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 will be fascinating, so come along to them all if you can! Usual admission applies. Thursday 3 August Most…

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Guided Walk around Olney – North End

Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
£6.00

The Haunts of Cowper and Newton - guided walk around Olney from the museum Join our guide Tom on a guided walk around Olney, setting off from the museum at 11am.      Do you live here? Or are you planning a visit to Olney? Why not come on a guided walk to explore the nooks and crannies of the town from the Market Place, with emphasis on the NORTH end of town. Follow the footsteps of William Cowper and…

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Refreshments in the Courtyard – delicious, join us!

Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Museum and Gardens, Orchard Side, Market Place
Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 4AJ United Kingdom
£3.00

Refreshments in the Olney museum courtyard - Delicious!    With a lovely view of Olney Church Spire, our Refreshments in the Courtyard and gardens is just a stone's throw from Olney Market (held every Thursday). Escape the bustle of the Market Place to enjoy delicious refreshments and a friendly welcome!  Take a gentle stroll around our relaxing, idyllic 18th century Georgian garden.   Enjoy tea or coffee and a homemade cake in Cowper’s charming Courtyard.  All proceeds from refreshments go towards the upkeep of our…

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Cowper on Thursdays – twenty minute introductions to the poet. 4: Depression

Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Cowper on Thursdays, 2pm every Thursday in August. 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 will be fascinating, so come along to them all if you can! Usual admission applies. Thursday 3 August Most…

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Cowper on Thursdays – twenty minute introductions to the poet. 5: Pets

Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Cowper on Thursdays, 2pm every Thursday in August. 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 will be fascinating, so come along to them all if you can! Usual admission applies. Thursday 3 August Most…

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September 2017

Claire Bliss: Work so far

Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Free

Welcome to Claire Bliss, who is holding her first exhibition in our Gallery.  This show is a selection of her 2D work, including pencil/pen drawings, paintings and photographs.

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Refreshments in the Courtyard – delicious, join us!

Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Museum and Gardens, Orchard Side, Market Place
Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 4AJ United Kingdom
£3.00

Refreshments in the Olney museum courtyard - Delicious! With a lovely view of Olney Church Spire, our Refreshments in the Courtyard and gardens is just a stone's throw from Olney Market (held every Thursday). Escape the bustle of the Market Place to enjoy delicious refreshments and a friendly welcome!  Take a gentle stroll around our relaxing, idyllic 18th century Georgian garden.   Enjoy tea or coffee and a homemade cake in Cowper’s charming Courtyard.  All proceeds from refreshments go towards the upkeep of our local…

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Heritage Open Day in Olney

Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 10:30 am
Museum, Orchard Side
Olney,

Heritage Open Day in Olney      Heritage Open Day in Olney Relive Georgian life in Olney – the home of ‘Amazing Grace’. Walk back in time through the home of William Cowper, renowned 18th century poet and letter writer. Relax in the beautiful, tranquil gardens. Learn about John Newton’s famous hymn Amazing Grace and the Abolition of Slavery. Children’s trails and Georgian dressing up. The story of lace making and other local history. 10:30am - 12pm Refreshments in the Courtyard.…

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250 Years – The Cowper & Newton Story

Thursday, September 14, 2017

250 years ago John Newton’s diary tells us that today in 1767 ‘Mr Cowper, Mrs and Miss Unwin came to reside here from Huntingdon.’ Today our costumed room guides are available throughout the day to share this story, as well as other stories linked to some of our key treasures. Also look out for us around the town or sharing Mrs Unwin's gingerbread ... At 2.00   The Road to Olney -  a 20 mins Talk by museum staff followed by…

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Cowper on Thursdays – twenty minute introductions to the poet

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Museum and Gardens, Orchard Side, Market Place
Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 4AJ United Kingdom

One - 'Theodora - Forbidden Love.' 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,…

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First-ever Marathon Reading of Cowper’s The Task

Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ 11:00 am
Museum and Gardens, Orchard Side, Market Place
Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 4AJ United Kingdom
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The museum is organising the first-ever marathon public reading of Cowper’s long poem The Task: A Poem in Six Books, on Saturday 30 September, starting at 11.15 am.

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October 2017

Black History, Olney, Home of Amazing Grace

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

Discover how John Newton's life and personal experience as a slave trade captain and as a slave himself inspired him to write the world's most famous hymn 'Amazing Grace', here in Olney.

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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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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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Dickens of a Christmas in Olney

Sunday, December 3, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Olney Town and Museum

What’s going on at the Cowper and Newton Museum for Dickens of a Christmas this year? At the north end of the High Street: Our very own warming Mulled Wine to keep the chills away! In the Museum on the Market Place: Delicious hot chocolate, tea and coffee served all day in the Courtyard- warm up those hands! David Pibworth's magic show at 12pm, 2pm and 3pm in the Courtyard.  Olney is the Home of Amazing Grace - please fill our donation buckets and…

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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

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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