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July 2013

Archaeology Weekends

Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 11:00 am - Sunday, July 14, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

On the weekends of the 13th and 14th AND 27th and 28th July we will be getting down and dirty for our new Archaeology Days event! Both Saturdays (13th and 27th) we encourage you to bring any of your archaeological objects to be identified by our visiting Finds Liason Officer and her team of metal detectorists. While both Sundays (14th and 28th) will hold archaeologically awesome activities for children and adults. Due to the popularity of our annual Archaeology Day we…

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August 2013

Georgian Tea Party

Saturday, August 24, 2013

  Bask in our glorious historic gardens with eighteenth century flowers on Saturday 24th August as we will be holding a Georgian Tea Party in the garden! Historic refreshments will be provided!  The Museum is delighted to announce the arrival of Cowper’s Table from Canada and will also be putting on a special introductory talk on the  day. Cowper's Summer House in our historic gardens   Documents found inside the drawers of Cowper's table from Canada

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November 2013

Lillian Boutté in Concert

Saturday, November 16, 2013 @ 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

On the music scene for more than 30 years Lillian is a monument to Jazz, Gospel and R&B. She has performed and recorded with a myriad of legendary musicians including Jay McShane, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Doc Cheatham, Dr. John Professor Longhair, Clark Terry and our own Humphrey Lyttleton. She has quite literally travelled the world performing her brand of New Orleans Jazz and R&B. Named "New Orleans Musical Ambassador" in 1986, she was only the second jazz legend in the…

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March 2014

Olney Middle School – ‘Slavery Exhibition’

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 10:30 am - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
Three Hares Gallery, Cowper and Newton Museum

Year 5 pupils of Olney Middle School will be displaying their sculptures depicting their thoughts on slavery both in history and up to the present day. This extra curriculum activity has encouraged learning, also how to interpret information to explain it to an audience through 3D designs. Do come and see this very special work. Your feedback would be much appreciated by the pupils. Olney Middle School art students share their thoughts on slavery with the local community’

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Craft and Writing Fun!

Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
£2.00

Drop-in session every Saturday.  Suitable for children up to 10 years old.  Come and create with our craft materials.  Have a go at writing a letter or poem too - just like William Cowper enjoyed doing.  To be held in the Resource Room on the top floor of the museum.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  £2 per child for materials.

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Saturday Fun – Crafts, Georgian dressing up and handling boxes of bygone objects!

Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
£2.00

Drop-in session every Saturday.  Suitable for children up to 10 years old.  Come and create with our wide selection of craft materials.  Be in inspired by William Cowper - he loved to write letters and poems.  Can you write one to?  Georgian costumes to dress up in and very old objects from the olden days to handle (ask your grown-ups what they are!).  Find us in the Resources Room on the top floor of the museum.  Children must be accompanied by an…

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April 2014

Michael Skeats and Maureen Forde

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Saturday, April 26, 2014

Michael Skeats and Maureen Forde are in their final year of study at the University of Northampton. Come and see their work in the Three Hares Gallery (top floor of the Museum) Michael's artwork is focussed around the investigation of landscapes using mixed media on burlap, canvas and board.  Contact Michael on Michael.john.skeats@gmail.com Maureen is studying for a BA in Fine Art.  Her artwork is focussed around the investigation of brush strokes and mark making, engaging the viewer into the…

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Museum AGM

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Olney Centre United Kingdom

This meeting will follow a Trustees Meeting held at 7 pm also at the Olney Centre

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Friends of the Museum AGM

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum, Orchard Side
Olney,

This meeting will combine a usual Friends Meeting and the AGM

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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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