Learning

£3 per child     Adults free up to a ratio of 1:6

We are able to support your National and Creative Curriculum:

  • Group visits to absorb the Georgian atmosphere here in this wonderful 18th century building
  • We can visit your school, bringing our artefacts to share with you

The Cowper and Newton Museum is a treasure trove of fascinating objects and historical information, set in a historic Georgian building and gardens  on the Market Place in Olney.

Visits and Tours

For small groups age 4-8 (less then 20), we have items of costume for all children which can be worn throughout the visit to the Museum. £5.00 additional charge for the group

The Museum is closed to the General Public on Mondays but is available for School Visits

 

A Visit to the Cowper and Newton Museum  

  • Self guided –  We highly recommend you make a preliminary visit to help you get the most out of your trip.
  • ‘Welcome to the Museum and the 18th Century’ introduction by a guide then Self guided  –  This could include: dressing up in 18th century costume a boy and a girl, introduction to Mr Cowper and Mr Newton.
  • Guided Groups or Guides in Main Rooms –  Our guides can match their activities/ talk to your desired outcomes if you talk to us prior to your visit

 

Living in the Past  – Then and Now  –  Same but Different!

  • Self guided –  We highly recommend you make a preliminary visit to help you get the most out of your trip.
  • ‘Welcome to the 18th Century’ introduction by a guide then Self guided  –  This could include: dressing up in 18th century costume a boy and a girl, introduction to Mr Cowper and Mr Newton.
  • Guided Groups or Guides in Main Rooms –  A chance to see those hidden nook or hear the stories not on show.

 

 Reading the Past in Portraits  – How to read a painting to find out about the past

  • Self guided  –We highly recommend you make a preliminary visit to help you get the most out of your trip.  
  • ‘Welcome to the 18th Century’ introduction by a guide then Self guided  
  • Guide in the Hall to introduce you to Mr Cowper from his portrait

People and Portraits at the Cowper and Newton Museum                Information Booklet for Teachers: Guided and Self Guided School Visits  here

 

Art in the Museum and Garden

The Museum rooms are ideal for personal sketching with their wide range of materials and artefacts

The Garden is an excellent venue for personal photography and art projects

From May to the end of October there is also a Gazebo in the Courtyard which can be booked for activities

There are exhibitions in The Three Hares Gallery all year

We work with a wide range of artists who are also happy to include a 30 min demonstration as part of your visit.

 

The British Slave Trade and Abolition Campaign  William Cowper and John Newton’s involvement in the Abolition Movement

  • Self guided  – We highly recommend you make a preliminary visit to help you get the most out of your trip.
  • An introduction to William and John, their works and contribution to the Abolition Campaign then Self guided  
  • Museum Guide in key rooms

Download our History Detective Investigation here   PLEASE NOTE WE PUT OUT EXTRA RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL VISITS

…………………………………………………………

Resources from Brycchan Carey  here

Direct link to William Cowper’s anti-slavery poetry here

Also see information and hear Rev Martin Luther King jr at Glenville High, Cleveland in 1967, referencing William Cowper

Resource Pack from CMS and the Citizenship Foundation, incl links to video clips from the film ‘Amazing Grace’

Learning Activities from The Abolition Project

Learning The Campaign for Abolition from The British Library

 

The Sofa Challenge  –  Be inspired to write your own poetry and descriptive text by William and John, the house, the ‘Verse Manufactory’ and gardens

  • Self guided –  We highly recommend you make a preliminary visit to help you get the most out of your trip.
  • ‘Welcome to William and John introduction by a guide then Self guided  

Orchard Side Poetry Inspiration     Information for Teachers:  Guided and Self Guided School Visits  (age 7+)    here

Inspiration for Poetry – What Am I?  Riddles        Information for Teachers:  Guided and Self Guided School Visits  (age 5-7)  here

 

What will you find in the Cowper and Newton Museum?

  • Local Olney history
  • William Cowper’s life and 18th Century life
  • John Newton’s life in Olney when he wrote the internationally known hymn ‘Amazing Grace’
  • Local geology
  • Victorian wash day in the Viper barn
  • WW2 artefacts
  • Slave trade history
  • Lace making story
  • Tours of Olney can be arranged, but would need to be organised in advance.

Facilities at the museum include:

  • Small education room for workshops/ eating lunch when it’s raining etc. (located on the 3rd floor)
  • Gazebo in the courtyard (from late spring throughout the summer)
  • 2 small gardens, one with William Cowper’s summerhouse (which he called his ‘word manufactory’!)
  • Shop
  • Small kitchen from which we can sell juice, tea/ coffee and biscuits
  • Toilet 

PLEASE NOTE:  The house has 6 flights of stairs, and old (uneven!) floorboards.  Contact the Museum for our House and Garden Risk Assessment.

Because the rooms are small, classes will need to split into smaller groups of no more than 15 people.

The Cowper and Newton Museum is a community museum managed by trustees and kept going by a wonderful team of volunteers – it has a gorgeous feel about it. We’re sure your group will love this place as much as we do!
Please contact our House Manager on 01234 711516 for further details and to discuss your requirements about visits to the museum or to arrange for us to visit you to talk to your pupils.
In addition to visits to the Museum we are able to visit you to give a talk at your school. The charge for this is £50.
You can also contact us by completing our Booking Form below:
Education Group Name:*
Contact Name:*
Contact Address:*
Telephone:*
E-mail:*
Proposed Date:*
Proposed Arrival Time:*
Proposed Departure Time:*
Number in Group:*
Special Needs:
Introductory Talk Required:*
Guided Tour Required:*