William Cowper and John Newton

'Visit the house in Olney where one of England's favourite poets William Cowper lived for twenty years, and imagine domestic life as he experienced it in late-Georgian times.'

'Enjoy his garden and the celebrated summer-house where he wrote, and where he used to meet his neighbour, the preacher and former slave trader John Newton, author of the hymn Amazing Grace.'

Welcome to the Cowper & Newton Museum

Welcome to the Cowper & Newton Museum

Welcome to Orchard Side House
Find out here what delights we have in store for you when you visit to relive Georgian life with us in our 18th century town house.

Flower & Summer House Gardens

Flower & Summer House Gardens

Visit our tranquil & historic Gardens. William Cowper was an innovative gardener at a time when seeds & plants were arriving from North America. Find out more here, including a plan of the gardens.

A Peek Inside Orchard Side House

A Peek Inside Orchard Side House

Take a peek inside Orchard Side House as we begin to unveil some of our hidden secrets. Visit the ‘Welcome’ page for a short guide to the other delights we have in store for you during your visit.

Olney in Lockdown – Three Hares Gallery

Olney in Lockdown – Three Hares Gallery

Whilst the lockdown meant delaying most of our 2020 Three Hares Gallery exhibitions to 2021, we may be out of sight,but we’re not out of mind. 

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

We are honoured to announce that on Tuesday 2nd June Cowper & Newton Museum Volunteers received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Amazing Grace at 250

Amazing Grace at 250

All eyes are set to be on Olney in 2023, when the town will be at the centre of commemorations to mark the 250th anniversary of one of the world’s most beloved hymns, ‘Amazing Grace’.

Campaign to Abolish the Slave Trade in Britain

Campaign to Abolish the Slave Trade in Britain

“Am I Not a Man And a Brother?”

Georgian Dancers of Amazing Grace

Georgian Dancers of Amazing Grace

Georgian Dancers of Amazing Grace – a dance group from the Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney.

Visit Olney

Visit Olney

Places to eat, shop & enjoy the heritage of Olney and at the Cowper & Newton Museum

Family Fun

Family Fun

A free 3 hares bookmark template & join in with the hare gallery. Download your Mr Cowper Paper Doll & other Georgian delights

A reminder of some of our activities:

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