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February 2015

Pancake Day

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

We are glad to be supporting the local Pancake Day celebrations with a variety of free activities for children during the festivities including; Dress up as a Georgian - Children can come and dress up in Georgian Costume and play Georgian games with an opportunity for a keepsake photograph. Get creative with a variety of crafts such as colouring, mazes and make your own paper pancakes A treasure hunt for the best pancake ingredients around our walled Georgian gardens Play Blind…

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March 2015

Museum Opens

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

The museum opens today for the 2015 season!  (We will be celebrating this officially on the following Saturday 7th March -  see Events for further details).

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Museum Official Opening – Celebration Day!

Saturday, March 7, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Enjoy a day of poetry reading by volunteers in Georgian costumes, in the parlour. Come and enjoy dressing up as  a Georgian too - lots of costumes for children and adults! Children's competition to create a poem. Hare Hidey Holes – find Cowper’s hare’s that are hiding in and around the museum – collect them all and win a prize.

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April 2015

Jeff Spivak and Keiko Shimoda – The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 @ 10:30 am - Thursday, April 30, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

'The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon', a 10th Century court memoir, occupies a place of honour in Japanese literature comparable to that of Shakespeare in the English one.  Written by Lady Sei Shonagon, the Pillow Book has no narrative.  Rather, it is a private diary in which she collected her reflections and observations during the years she spent at the Imperial palace in Kyoto as a lady-in-waiting to Empress Teishi. An acute and thoughtful witness, Sei rested her gaze on…

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‘A Mysterious Way’ – Lance Pierson

Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Museum, Orchard Side
Olney,

Discover Cowper’s comic sense of humour through his poetry and writings with a live performance, hear about Lance’s love and admiration for Cowper's work and how the idea for recording ‘A Mysterious Way’ came about.

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Old Time Music Hall – SOLD OUT!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
£3

                Commemorate the WW1 centenary with our OLD TIME MUSIC HALL Extravaganza on 25th April at the Carlton House Club. Be transported back in time to the good old days and reminisce with tributes to great acts such as Gert & Daisy, Laurel & Hardy, Wilson Kepple & Betty, Stanley Holloway and more. Bring a hat and join in the gaiety!   Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, tickets are only £3 but in limited supply See Gert and Daisy,…

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May 2015

Museums at Night

Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum, Orchard Side
Olney,
£6

Museums at Night: Discover William Cowper's Summer House Museums at night is an an annual UK-wide festival which seeks to encourage visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites by throwing their doors open after hours and putting on special evening events. It is a unique opportunity to visit our Museum at night - an unusual and relaxing evening in beautiful surroundings. This garden originally belonged to the apothecary who lived next door to Orchard Side. After the apothecary’s death, Cowper…

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June 2015

Bucks Open Studios

Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

Bucks Open Studios - The Norman Exhibition - For two weeks in June artists and makers open up their working studios and exhibition spaces to visitors as well as displaying their works in over 200 different venues. The Bucks Open Studios initiative is this year celebrating 30 years of artistic accomplishment by Buckinghamshire artists and makers. The Three Hares Gallery at the Cowper and Newton Museum is delighted to be the venue for The Norman Exhibition. Ian, Ashley and Tania…

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Bedford Gallery Quire (postponed)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

This Event has been postponed - For refunds please contact the House Manager 01234 711516 or call into the museum with your tickets. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

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Georgian Head Gardener

Sunday, June 28, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Museum, Orchard Side
Olney,
£5

THE HISTORIC GARDENER -  Making Garden History fun! GEORGIAN GARDENER - Mike Brown The Georgian Gardener will provide a fascinating insight into the plants and gardens of bygone times. Whether you wanted to appear more beautiful, relieve pain, improve a meal or kill a few rats, there were plants for every need. With the largest collection of replica Georgian gardening tools in the country, I provide a display of tools, plants and the uses of plants; I can even demonstrate…

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July 2015

A Burst of Colour by Mitchel

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

The Three Hares Gallery is delighted to be hosting the first exhibition by Michelle Whitehead (Mitchel).  Here she tells us how she began on her artistic journey and how the creative process works for her: Hi, my name is Michelle.  I paint under the name Mitchel with was a nickname my uncle gave me when I was young and it has stuck! About ten years ago, my partner suggested I should paint.  As a child and teenager I always sketched.…

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WW1 Songs and Poetry Evening – GreatWarMK event

Saturday, July 4, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

'We Will Remember Them' - An evening of World War remembrance through song and spoken word, hosted by Mark Niel, Milton Keynes Poet Laureate, with the  'Heart and Music' choir. VENUE:  St Peter and St Paul Church Hall, High Street, Olney Tickets free from the Museum Gift Shop      

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August 2015

Art Exhibition by Chris Richbell

Saturday, August 1, 2015 @ 10:30 am - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

Chris Richbell We are delighted to be hosting a range of new work in watercolour and acrylic by Olney resident, Chris Richbell. Chris is a member and regular exhibitor with the Northampton Town and Country 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.…

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September 2015

The Colourful World of Fur, Skin, Scales and Feathers: Margaret Phoenix

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, September 26, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

Wildlife in Zimbabwe Margaret Phoenix is a UK based acrylic and multimedia artist. Originally from Zimbabwe, Margaret was raised in a very artistic family and from a young age, showed an enduring interest in art and creative pursuits. Margaret attended art college and began painting in earnest, focusing on the wonderful diversity of wildlife in Zimbabwe, exhibiting her work in both public and private galleries before political and economic circumstances in the country, led her to move to the UK.…

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October 2015

Jim Coggins – A Retrospective

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Saturday, October 31, 2015

Jim Coggins is a retired chemical engineer who lives in Stony Stratford.  He took up painting for the first time in 2010 when he attended classes organised by Milton Keynes Council's Adult Continuing Education department and at the Great Linford Arts Centre.  This gave him the opportunity to experiment with different formats and mediums and where he discovered his preference for painting in watercolour. Jim's paintings use a wide variety of subjects including landscapes, animals, portraits, abstracts, flowers and trains.…

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Slavery and Olney’s Part – Talk

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

John Newton, William Cowper: Slavery and Olney's part in it's abolition

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November 2015

Charmian Hayes – Fur, Flesh and Fripperies

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 @ 10:30 am - Friday, November 27, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

Charmian Hayes studied art in Liverpool back in the dark ages when she says the Beatles were fab and we could all do the twist without falling over. Watchful Eyes by Charmian Hayes For many years she had a 'proper' job in IT (in the days when it was called ADP) and painting was her hobby, but when the arrival of a son and heir necessitated working from home, she turned to art and began taking commissions for portraits and…

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COWPER REVALUATED: Book launch by Neil Curry

Saturday, November 14, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

COWPER REVALUATED: Celebratory book launch and poetry reading To mark the end of this year’s season of events, we welcome Cumbrian-based poet and literary critic Neil Curry to talk about his new book on Cowper and sign copies. His talk begins at 2.30pm in the Museum, to be followed by a glass of wine and readings from Neil’s latest book of poetry, Some Letters Never Sent, published last year by Enitharmon Press. Cowper admirers will appreciate Neil’s reassessment of Cowper…

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Paul Higgs Pavane- in concert

Saturday, November 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St Peter and St Paul church, Parish church of St Peter and St Paul, Church Street,
Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 4AD United Kingdom
£15

Since joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at age 14, Paul has gone on to play a major role as a composer and arranger. His style emphasizes lyrical melodies, as opposed to more angular forms of jazz. As a young man he was renowned for his skill, working with such luminaries as Johnny Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Peggy Lee, Buddy Greco, John Williams and Shorty Rogers. Paul was a Musical Director and Composer at the National Theatre and the RSC for…

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‘Impasto’ by Philip Compton Farquharson

Saturday, November 28, 2015 @ 10:30 am - Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

We are delighted to be hosting an exhibition by Olney-based artist, Philip Compton Farquharson.  Philip comes from an Art Historical background, having studied Art History at University up to postgraduate level (focussing on ethnographic material in the Andes, Amazonia and Oceania).  These studies, combined with his love of travel, have influenced his paintings, both in subject-matter and style.  The paintings are from countries he has visited, and he tries to encapsulate an aura, an impression of the place. Philip loves…

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March 2016

Seeing eye to eye with Fair Trade: Helen Casey-Green

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

In March, we're delighted to be supporting Fairtrade month which runs until 13th March with an exhibition by Helen Casey-Green who, as well as being an artist, also runs 'eye2eye' in Wollaston Courtyard which carries a range of Fairtrade goods from food stuffs to crafts. As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products…

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April 2016

Weston Underwood Art Group : 10 Years On

Friday, April 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

To celebrate their tenth anniversary, the Weston Underwood Art Group is holding an exhibition at the Three Hares Gallery in Olney. “10 Years On” includes a wide range of work by 15 local artists using varied media and in their own individual styles. The Art Group was formed by its tutor Len Hollman, a potter and retired art teacher from Stoke Goldington. Originally an acrylic painting course with seven members, the group has expanded in numbers and has evolved to…

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The Cowper and Newton Society

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Museum Developments and Cowper Curiosities Tom Jones and Paul Collins, trustees of the museum, will be speaking to the Society at the Olney Centre. 12th April 7.30 pm. Members £2.00/ Visitors £4.00.

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May 2016

Significant Stillness by Nicky Kenny

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, May 27, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Once again we're pleased to be able to show an exhibition of photographs as part of our diverse programme of art exhibitions during 2016. For May we are hosting an exhibition by Nicky Kenny, who tells us here about her work and inspiration: "I have always loved photography. I remember as a child looking through old family albums, pictures of what may have been insignificant moments that had been locked in time, into tiny faded images, seeming now more significant in…

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Museums at Night – Open Garden

Friday, May 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Museum, Orchard Side
Olney,
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Enjoy a Friday evening stroll in Olney around the Museum's walled flower and vegetable gardens. The flower garden is of significant horticultural interest and is planted only with specimens introduced to England before 1800, with very few exceptions.  The Summer House garden is planted and maintained as a Victorian-style vegetable garden by the tenant with many old varieties of vegetables. At the top of the garden, visit the "bouderie", the Summer House where the 18th Century poet William Cowper wrote…

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