The Cowper and Newton Museum

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

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Cowper and Newton Museum
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The museum celebrates two great men who lived in Olney: the leading 18th Century poet and letter writer William Cowper and his friend, John Newton who wrote the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’. Newton was instrumental in persuading William Wilberforce to campaign in Parliament for the abolition of the slave trade. Together they wrote 348 hymns collectively known as 'The Olney Hymns'.
Also learn about local history, including the lace making trade.
The Cowper and Newton museum is housed in the building that 18th Century poet William Cowper lived and worked in. It has beautiful, well-tended gardens and a lovely 18th Century summerhouse.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home, Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site, Library, Ship or maritime heritage site

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, museum and 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.

The museum is over 3 floors accessible via stairs. Disabled toilet facilities

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.
William Cowper's Summerhouse

Museums at Night: Discover William Cowper's Summerhouse

  • 17 May 2014 7-8:30pm

Visit William Cowper’s Summerhouse ‘secured for the nation’ and museum display. Through the gate in the corner of the museum garden, one comes into the Summerhouse Garden. This garden originally belonged to the apothecary who lived next door to Orchard Side. After the apothecary’s death, Cowper was allowed the use of this former medicinal and herbal garden. Selected friends were allowed to visit him in the unique building in the centre, which he described as his ‘verse manufactory’ or ‘sulking house’ dependent on his mood. After the poet’s death in 1800, admirers of his works visited this small ‘literary shrine’ and many inscribed their names and dates on the walls and ceiling, the earliest found being 1802!

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£6

Website

http://www.cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk

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.

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