Secrets of the Archive – research materials and treasures in the Museum Archive

Are you interested in finding out more about an Olney ancestor or in researching Olney buildings and local history?

Come and find out about the research materials we hold in the Cowper & Newton Museum – some of which are not available elsewhere.


Introducing the Poor Law and Olney Poor Law Records, including the Olney Workhouse records
The 1798 Dartmouth Survey and Plan

Reference and research materials

Old property deeds

Research materials and documents will be available on the day

Get advice and guidance from the Museum archivist


Please book by emailing

This event is included in your Annual or Day ticket

Held in the Summer Marquee


Geoff Swindells

Geoff has 40 years experience of researching both his own and other people’s family histories and has been a member of the Bucks Family History Society for the whole of that period. With a particular interest and expertise in the 17th and 18th century , Geoff has considerable experience in transcribing documents from that period. .  He regularly volunteers with the Bucks Family History Society at The Bucks Archive in Aylesbury to support people in using archive materials for Family History Research.  Geoff is the Cowper & Newton Museum archivist and has an in-depth knowledge of the document archive and reference material.

Marion Swindells

Marion is the Museum lead volunteer for our Lacemakers Room and has done considerable research into the lives of the local lacemakers and lace trade. This has included tracing the family history of some of our old local lace makers.  Marion has written articles for Family Tree Magazine and given a talk to The Society of Genealogists on tracing Lacemaker ancestors. She has been researching her own family history for 30 years and also helps others in their family history research. Marion is a member of The Bucks Family History Society and has given talks on aspects of her own family history research to a variety of audiences.


Cowper & Newton Museum
Orchard Side, Market Place, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ


Aug 24, 2024


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm



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