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June 2015

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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Cowper and Newton Museum at Olney Business Live!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come along to the  Chamber of Trade's Business Exhibition at the Carlton Club, Olney Find out how the Museum  has been working with local businesses Discover more fascinating facts about William Cowper and the Reverend John Newton Talk to the Museum volunteers and trustees to find out more about joining the team!

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Animals All Around Family Fun – School Holiday activities

Friday, May 27, 2016 - Saturday, June 4, 2016

Come along to our Family Activity Trails which are running from Friday 27th May to Saturday 4th June Pet Parade -   Can you find Mr Cowper’s strange collection of pets hidden around the house? Animal Antics  - Get to the end  of the ‘Who Am I? Puzzle Trail and spot the animals in the trees in the Garden.  Dare you enter the Creepy Crawly World of the Viper Barn? Free entry into the Family Fun Prize Draw Usual £5.00 for…

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June 2016

Parklife by Graeme Roach

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

Once again, the Three Hares Art Gallery at the Cowper & Newton Museum is participating in the county-wide Bucks Open Studio event which runs from 11th to 26th June.  This year, we are pleased to welcome the artist Graeme Roach and his exhibition of drawings of Canadian Geese under the title 'Parklife'. We asked Graeme to tell us a little about himself and what lies behind the inspiration for his exhibition: "I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and after…

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Bucks Open Studio

Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Bucks Open Studio Bucks Open Studios is the largest visual arts event in the county. In June every year over 500 artists and makers, in over 200 different venues across Buckinghamshire, open their studios and run exhibitions and events for the public to visit. This year, Bucks Open Studios runs from 11th to 26th June and we are delighted that our art exhibition space, the Three Hares Gallery, is participating. We will be showing works by Graeme Roach of his…

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Sunday Open Day – Museum and Gardens

Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

The museum and gardens will be open this Sunday. Relive Georgian life in Olney!

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Cherry Fair

Saturday, June 18, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Olney Town and Museum

Cherry Fair Find the Cowper and Newton Museum represented at this 700 year old Cherry Fair in the St Peter and St Paul Church, Olney. Come along to learn about the Cowper and Newton Museum's project 'Poor Law Records of Olney' - insights into 18th century Olney life.  We have uncovered such historical gems as "sitting up with John Stratton, For Stratton's coffin, charges for self and man to fetch the corpse, gave Robert Abraham to go with the cart, Nat Gee (grave digger) his…

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July 2016

Out of Paint & Print: Colin Veitch

Friday, July 1, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

During July, we welcome Colin Veitch to the Gallery.  Here Colin tells us something of his background and his work... I had 'a day job', for 44 years that took me into four different careers; · Scenic Artist Repertory Theatres · Feature Films & Television Studios · A Civil Servant with The British Council · Events Organiser The John Lewis Partnership Each one of the above career paths moulded me but sadly tore me further and further away from my…

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Olney Open Gardens – Refreshments at the Cowper and Newton Museum

Sunday, July 3, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Olney Town and Museum

Olney Open Gardens Olney Open Gardens will be providing homemade cakes and drinks from the courtyard of The Cowper and Newton Museum from 10:30am onwards. The attractive courtyard adjoins the museum gardens, which are open and included in the price of the ticket. The museum garden contains mainly plants available in this country before 1800, the year of the poet's death. There is also a Victorian fruit and vegetable garden where many heritage seeds are grown. Proceeds of Olney Open Gardens…

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Alice in Wonderland

Sunday, July 10, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland comes to the wonder of the beautiful Cowper and Newton Museum gardens - a magical day with Rebecca Carrington and her students from Arts 1 School of Performance www.arts1.co.uk based in Milton Keynes, dressed as characters from this famous book... and remaining in character all day!        Fall into the world of the Mad Hatter without swallowing any potions!   Look forward to: -  Tweedle-dum & Tweedle-dee to welcome you throughout the day. -  A mad hatter's tea party in…

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