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June 2017

Refreshments in the Courtyard – delicious, join us!

Thursday, June 15, 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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Refreshments in the Courtyard – delicious, join us!

Thursday, June 29, 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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July 2017

‘All Sorts’ : An Exhibition by Corinne Cosford

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Friday, July 28, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Free

Welcome to Corinne Cosford and her exhibition 'All Sorts', showing a range of subjects from landscapes to animal portraits.

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Refreshments in the Courtyard – delicious, join us!

Thursday, July 13, 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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Hare Escape – Family Trails & Things to Do

Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
£1.00

Mr Cowper's pet hares, Tiney, Bess & Puss heard all about the hot air balloon attempt at Weston Underwood  and decided to have a go themselves...

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Cowper Day – Celebrating the heritage of William Cowper and John Newton

Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 10:45 am - 5:30 pm
Olney Centre, High St,
Olney, MK46 4EF
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£16.50

Cowper Day - Celebrating the heritage of William Cowper and John Newton Join us for 'Cowper Day'!  Celebrate the lives of our celebrities William Cowper and John Newton through a fascinating day of presentations by experts from all over the world: Dr Mark Crosby, Kansas State University: 'Miniature is my Goddess': Blake and the Art of Miniature Painting Dr Katherine Turner, Professor of English, Mary Baldwin University, Virginia: "This folio of four pages, happy work!" - Cowper and the newspapers…

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Guided walk around Olney – South End

Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Olney Town and Museum
£6

The Haunts of Cowper and Newton - guided walk around Olney from the museum Join our guide Helen on a guided walk around Olney from the museum , setting off from the museum at 11am.   How much do you know about the SOUTH END of your home town? Are you planning a visit to Olney? Why not come on a guided walk to explore the nooks and crannies of the town. Follow the footsteps of William Cowper and John Newton. Discover…

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Refreshments in the Courtyard – delicious, join us!

Thursday, July 27, 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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Historical Guided Walk to William Cowper’s Alcove

Sunday, July 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
£10

                                       Historical Guided Walk to William Cowper's Alcove 'The summit gained.  Behold the proud alcove crowns it!' So wrote William Cowper in ‘The Task’ referring to the folly in the village of Weston Underwood,  where Cowper would rest on his walks and where he wrote many of his most famous poems whilst taking in the wonderful views of Olney and the surrounding countryside. Meet at the Museum for 10.00 for a leisurely and fact filled historical guided walk though…

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August 2017

Water, water, everywhere: by Chris Richbell

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Free

We're delighted that local artist Chris Richbell is returning to the Three Hares Gallery with an exhibition of her latest works. Chris is a member and regular exhibitor with the Northampton Town and County Art Society and serves on their Council. She paints mainly in watercolour or acrylic, and sometimes with mixed media or pastels. She is part of a group of painters from all over the country that annually enjoy painting together in Walberswick on the Suffolk coast. Painting…

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Cowper on Thursdays – twenty minute introductions to the poet. 1: Slavery

Thursday, August 3, 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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Refreshments in the Courtyard – delicious, join us!

Thursday, August 10, 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. 2: The Task

Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Cowper's Summer House 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…

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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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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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