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April 2014

Celebration of 114 Years of Museum Opening

Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Museum, Orchard Side
Olney,
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May 2014

Bank Holiday Monday

Monday, May 5, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Although not normally open on Mondays we are on this bank holiday. Usual opening hours apply.

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Pen, Pencil and Paint – Ali Kelly

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
Three Hares Gallery, Cowper and Newton Museum

Local artist, Ali Kelly, uses various mediums to produce her artwork. This exhibition concentrates on three : ' Pen, Pencil and Paint ' Pen On display you can see pen and ink drawings of buildings/landmarks. Ali has been illustrating with this medium for over thirty years and much of her work has been used by businesses for Yellow Pages advertising, business cards and on websites. She has been commissioned to draw people's homes which are then given as gifts. Also,…

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Life Path – Scripture Union Event (Children Only)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - Friday, May 23, 2014
Olney Town and Museum
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250th Anniv. John Newton – curate in Olney Church

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
St Peter and St Paul church, Parish church of St Peter and St Paul, Church Street,
Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 4AD United Kingdom

We will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of John Newton’s curacy in Olney. To mark the occasion, we are planning a special service at St Peter & St Paul Church in Olney where Newton served as curate for 16 years from 1764. As well as the church service, led by the Revd Claire Wood, Vicar of Olney, there will be a presentation on John Newton by the Rev Mike Swales, discussing Newton’s life prior and leading to his eventual arrival…

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June 2014

Fathers’ Day Crafts

Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Crafts for children!  £2 donation per child towards materials. Usual admission applies.

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Fathers’ Day Crafts

Sunday, June 15, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Crafts for children!  £2 donation per child towards materials. Usual admission applies.

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July 2014

Marlene Wlodarczyk – Fine Artist

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
Three Hares Gallery, Cowper and Newton Museum

 Marlene Wlodarczyk - Fine Artist and Printmaker I am currently in the final stages of my Fine Art degree course at Northampton University and my primary studio practice is both figurative and semi abstract, using several print techniques, but mainly block printing and etching. Colour is important to me; having spent many years living in a tropical climate I need bright colours in my life. My work is about line, contour, shape and layering - taking inspiration from the local…

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Story Teller Alison Molyneux

Saturday, July 5, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Museum, Orchard Side
Olney,

Suitable for children aged 3-6 years.  Usual admission fees apply.  £2 per child for craft materials. Please don't be put off by the weather, if it rains on Saturday we can be flexible. The Cowper and Newton Museum has wonderful inside spaces and a gazebo in the garden area. We have craft activities, a Daisy Treasure hunt and a drawing competition, plus dressing up in Georgian costumes and old 'treasures' to touch and explore. I will find a quiet, dry space…

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Archaeology Day

Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
£5

Have you ever found archaeological objects and wondered what they were? Ros Tyrrell, the Finds Liaison Officer of the Bucks Museum Resource Centre will be available to help identify your finds and possibly record them for the Portable Antiquities Scheme website (www.finds.org.uk).'  Metal detectorists from the Magiovinium Metal Detector Club will be displaying their thought-provoking archaeological finds. See dinosaur bone fossils found in Clifton Reynes Sort archaeological finds in materials they are made of (supports the primary school National Curriculum)…

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August 2014

Dan Evans – ‘Colour in the Landscape’ Exhibition

Thursday, August 7, 2014 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
Three Hares Gallery, Cowper and Newton Museum

An exhibition of photographs by local professional Dan Evans This exhibition will showcase Dan’s greatly admired landscapes, including a few colourful flower images and the occasional B+W landscape print, all beautifully framed and presented. The landscapes will include some stunning local scenes as well as featuring the beauty of the English Lake District and Provence in France. About the ‘author’: Dan has lived in Olney with his wife Mary for 19 years. As versatile freelance photographer he undertakes a wide…

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September 2014

Folded Space – Billy Hawes

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
Three Hares Gallery, Cowper and Newton Museum

My work explores the spatial potential of painting and printmaking through surface. I will be exhibiting 'folded prints', some framed and some as stand alone sculptural objects.

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October 2014

Black History Month events

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Museum, Orchard Side
Olney,

Saltmine Theatre Company performs   'John Newton - Amazing Grace'  Saturday 25th October - 7:30pm The Cowper and Newton Museum are thrilled to be welcoming the Saltmine Theatre Company to perform their ‘John Newton – Amazing Grace’ production in St Peter and St Paul Church in Olney – the very church where John Newton first preached 250 years ago this year.  In his rectory in Olney he wrote the world-renowned and much-loved hymn ‘Amazing Grace’.  “This is a powerfully moving story of slavery,…

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‘John Newton-Amazing Grace’ to be performed by the Saltmine Theatre Company

Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This year we will be dedicating an event for Black History Month through our links with ex slave trader and abolitionist John Newton.  We will be celebrating his curacy in Olney's parish church 250 years ago with a theatre production of 'John Newton - Amazing Grace' to be performed by the Saltmine Theatre Company.  Book tickets soon! Here's how...... Saltmine Theatre Company presents   'John Newton - Amazing Grace' SATURDAY 25th OCTOBER 7:30PM The Cowper and Newton Museum are thrilled to be…

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November 2014

Art around Olney – David Purvis (Olney Art)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 @ 10:30 am - Friday, November 28, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
Three Hares Gallery, Cowper and Newton Museum

We are delighted to announce that David Purvis will be exhibiting once again at the Three Hares Gallery.  During November, David will be exhibiting his local and motoring art original paintings and framed prints, as well as offering his Olney Christmas cards for sale. This will be David's third exhibition at the Gallery and follows his successful events in 2011 and 2012.  There will be many new works on display, both of local scenes and motoring art, as well as…

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December 2014

Wire Lace – Pin Ambrose

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 @ 10:30 am - Saturday, December 20, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

Working mainly with black copper wire, Pin uses bobbin lace stitches to create wire lace, producing results that bring texture and shape with changes of shade and depth.  These wire structures are constructed using traditional methods using a lace pillow and flat head pins. Lace prints mimic those intertwining wires in dyes, flocking and embossing.  Pin takes her 3D wire lace back into 2D with the application of heat transfer print using disperse dyes, creating a unique print that marks pattern…

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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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