AG250 So Far

Lace & Grace

The Lace & Grace sculpture, designed by artist Steve Purdue, will be sited in Olney. To find out more about the ideas and research behind the commission, visit Steve’s website Differentia – Public Art

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Chineke! Education Workshops for AG250

Forever?, a new  piece of music for voice and chamber ensemble, was commissioned by Cowper & Newton Museum with The Stables for Amazing Grace 250.   This commission also included an associated education and community programme for young musicians in local schools and the MK Music Hub. Led by the education

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Forever? A World Premiere

To mark the 250th anniversary of the writing of the hymn, Amazing Grace, by the Rev’d John Newton in the town of Olney,  a new piece of of music for voice and chamber ensemble was commissioned by Cowper & Newton Museum with The Stables to explore what the hymn might

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Amazing Grace Community Orchard Official Opening

On 9 July, a special event was held to launch the Amazing Grace Orchard, a new community orchard planted in Olney – the market town known as the ‘Home of Amazing Grace’. The Orchard, located by the Queens Canopy,  marks the 250th anniversary of the internationally known hymn, which was

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Amazing Grace 250 Voices @ Campbell Park

A part of the year of Amazing Grace, the challenge was to bring 250 voices together to perform a new song, written to mark the 250th anniversary of the hymn, Amazing Grace.   On 17 June, 2023, Music Director, Craig McCleish met the challenge when 279 singers from 13 choirs joined

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‘Seeing Together’ for Amazing Grace 250

New Friends, Flowers and Foliage In June, 5 pupils, accompanying staff and Governors from St Vincent’s Special School for Sensory Impairment and Other Needs, Liverpool, spent two days in Olney as part of Amazing Grace 250. Day 1 was Assembly at Olney Middle School to introduce themselves, followed by pancakes

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Blues Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher and Amazing Grace

Dr Lauren Alex O’Hagan from the Open University, presents ‘Amazing Grace’ in the Life and Work of Rory Gallagher in this video and article. Rory Gallagher was an Irish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He pioneered the blues over three decades across the globe, performing 2000 concerts until his untimely death

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Amazing Grace 250 Voices: Rehearsals begin

Local community choirs have begun rehearsals of Song 8: A Hymn’s Review?, one section from Forever?, a new piece of music composed for voice and chamber ensemble. As part of Amazing Grace 250,  A Hymn’s Review? will be sung by a mass choir of 250 Voices, led by musical director,

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At The Museum

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.

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Page from the first edition of the Olney Hymns hymn book showing the first verse of Faith's Review and Expectation now known by its first line as Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace & The Olney Hymns ‘to my dear friends in the parish and neighbourhood of Olney, for whose use the hymns were originally composed;…’ Did you know? ‘Amazing Grace’ was penned by the Rev John Newton during his time here in Olney. ‘Amazing Grace’ was originally titled ‘Faith’s Review and Expectation’ . It was published by John in

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The Three Hares Art Gallery

The Three Hares Gallery is located on the top floor of the Museum building and holds monthly exhibitions, it is now in a bigger, brighter space with state of the art CCTV security and direct stair access from our Shop.  Since 2007 our exhibitions have included artists who work in watercolours, acrylics, oils, pastels, drawings,

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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.

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Our Museum building remains CLOSED.  We are opening our gardens on limited entry.  The Cowper & Newton Museum gardens will be open to welcome you on Wednesday 5th August 10.30 – 12.15 and Saturday 8th August 10.30 – 12.15

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