The museum contains a comprehensive collection of early editions of the works of William Cowper and John Newton. Many of the books were collected by Thomas Wright of Olney, the founder of the museum.
The collection also includes critical works and biographies, and Christian works, bibles, hymns and sermons, and works of local history. The eighteenth century editions of Cowper’s works, many with fine bindings and donated by the noted bibliophile John Sparrow, are among the highlights of the collection.
We continue to collect books for the library and arrange occasional displays. Scholars who want to consult books from the collection should contact the House Manager to arrange a date to visit and to view the catalogue. Regrettably the museum does not at present have a study area. Books have to be consulted in the museum office.