The Cowper and Newton Museum

Cowper and Newton Museum
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Relive Georgian life by walking through the doors at the Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney, with its historic townhouse, authentic gardens and some of the greatest stories of the Georgian era.

Step back into Georgian life by walking back through Cowper's original home featuring a vast array of personal artefacts and belongings. Discover his comic sense of humour, his poetry and writings, his dark depressions and love of garden and animals – especially his three pet hares. Why he never opened his front door and why he is important figure in our literary heritage.

Experience life on board a slave ship and discover the journey that took Cowper’s friend, John Newton, from slave trade captain and slave himself to Olney Parish Curate and inspired him to write the world’s most famous hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ right here in Olney.

Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the sensory pleasures of two peaceful and tranquil Georgian gardens – The Walled Flower Garden with its numerous plants, shrubs and flowers dating back to 1800 and The Summer House Garden with its 300 year old garden house, medicinal plants, herbs and heritage fruit and vegetables all maintained organically, encouraging all forms of wild life.

Spend the rest of your visit looking round Olney with its beautiful 13th century church; Georgian architecture and market place; nearby country park at Emberton; unique gift and boutique shopping; and a great choice of restaurants, cafés and pubs for quick stops or leisurely dining.

Step back in history at The Cowper and Newton Museum, 115year old museum in the heart of Buckinghamshire.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open from 4 March to 20 December

Mondays: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm (last admission to museum 3:45pm)
Sunday: Summer time only in June, July and August - 12pm - 4pm

Open Good Friday, Easter Monday, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Race Day).

Winter Closure: Christmas, New Year, January and February for refurbishment.

Admission charges

Adults £5.00 for an annual pass
Children under 16 - FREE
Parties of 12 people or more: £5.00 per head, £6.00 with pre-booked guided tour Garden only £1.50
Special events: See website for details

Getting there

Olney is on the A509, 5 miles North of Newport Pagnell and 7 miles from Junction 14 of the M1.

Olney is easily accessible by car from Bedford, Northampton, Wellingborough, Milton Keynes and the M1 motorway.

There is an hourly Arriva bus service no.1 linking Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central Station, Newport Pagnell and Olney. Olney can also be reached from Northampton and Bedford using Stagecoach East bus service 41.

Additional info

Shop, Gallery, Museum and Walled Gardens

All parking in Olney is free.

Coach parties are welcome by prior arrangement. Please contact the House Manager on 01234 711516/ house-manager@cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk.

Accessibility:
There is regrettably there is no wheelchair access to the Museum. The garden and shop can be accessed and three rooms in Cowper’s house are accessible via two or three steps.

The building is a three-storey townhouse with a staircase between each floor. There are handrails on the staircase and visitor seating in every room. A ground-level adapted toilet is available and there is parking for blue badge holders nearby.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Cowper - The famous 18th century poet, letter-writer and classical scholar.
  • Rev. John Newton - Cowper's spiritual mentor, author of "Amazing Grace"
  • Lacemaking - The local history of the industry.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
We Will Remember Them

"We Will Remember Them" - WW1 Poetry Evening

  • 4 July 2015 7:30-9:30pm

‘We will remember them’ - As part of its commemoration of WW1 with Great War MK, the Museum is delighted that Milton Keynes’s very own Poet Laureate, Mark Niel, and Heart and Music Choir will be presenting an evening of songs and poetry from the period. Come along and be part of this moving commemoration.

Space is limited please collect your tickets for FREE from the Museum gift shop or by emailing info@cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

St Peter & Paul Church Hall
Church Street,
Olney
Buckinghamshire
MK46 4AD

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

  • 5 July 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

Once again Rebecca Carrington and her students from Arts1 School of Performance will be staging a magical day, celebrating Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.
Wandering through our Museum and Gardens, the characters will invite you to join them and fall into the world of the Mad Hatter without the need to swallow any potions! Whatever the weather we'll be using the wonderful inside spaces as well as the gazebo area and garden.
Look forward to; Tweedle-dum & Tweedle-dee, The Mad Hatters tea party, A game of croquet on the lawn with the cards – will the Queen of Hearts join them? “Spot the White Rabbit” competition and Meet Alice, who will be in and around the museum all day singing/reading/reciting.
Lots of fun for all the family. Tickets £5 adults/ £2 children

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Tickets £5 adults/ £2 children

Peaceful Gardens

Refreshments in the Garden

  • 9 July 2015 10:30am-12pm
  • 23 July 2015 10:30am-12pm

Join us for homemade refreshments in our idyllic 18th century Georgian garden.
While away your time in peace and tranquillity or come to meet some similarly minded new friends.

Admission

Entrance £2.50 (Entrance to the Garden only, includes tea and cake).

Woodcarvers event

  • 19 July 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

Have you ever wondered how beautiful wood carved works of art are created? Or even thought it’s something you would like to try yourself? Well now’s your chance as the British Woodcarvers Association will be spending a day at the Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Entrance £5, children free.

Getting there

Olney is on the A509, 5 miles North of Newport Pagnell and 7 miles from Junction 14 of the M1.

Olney is easily accessible by car from Bedford, Northampton, Wellingborough, Milton Keynes and the M1 motorway.

There is an hourly Arriva bus service no.1 linking Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central Station, Newport Pagnell and Olney. Olney can also be reached from Northampton and Bedford using Stagecoach East bus service 41.

The Cowper and Newton Museum
Orchard Side
Market Place
Olney
Buckinghamshire
MK46 4AJ
England

Website

www.cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk

E-mail

house-manager@cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01234 711516

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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