Friends of the Cowper & Newton Museum

Become a Friend, become a part of our history

The Museum exists to conserve, develop and maximise access to its buildings, collections and tranquil gardens, thereby promoting the public understanding and enjoyment of William Cowper and John Newton and some of the greatest stories of the 18th century. Olney is the home of the world-famous hymn Amazing Grace.

Our collection has also benefited from personal donations to conserve and digitise some of our important manuscripts.  We have just completed a project to make available digitised images of  the Poor Law documents, made possible from a £20,000 personal gift.

The Cowper & Newton Museum trust works hard as an accredited museum to ensure over 4000 items in our collection are cared for and made accessible to all.  As custodians of this historic site with Grade II* listed buildings, careful regular conservation is required.  Your financial support is very much appreciated to assist us.

As a Friend of the Cowper & Newton Museum you become a part of our history.  Your membership helps conserve the historic collection, the museum buildings and gardens & enables us to continue to share the story for future generations. You will also receive a variety of lovely benefits! 

Your Role is Vital to Us

The Cowper & Newton Museum is an independent museum and charity.  As a Friend, you help the museum’s collections remain accessible to the public and maintain our buildings and gardens.

There are other ways you can support us too!

1) Encourage friends & family to visit us.

2) Volunteer with us.

3) Share your thoughts and ideas with us.


Become a Friend of the Museum

Friends of the Cowper & Newton Museum become a part of our history.

As a Friend you will:

1) Enjoy free entry to the museum and gardens throughout your membership.

2) Receive regular e-newsletter to keep you updated on the activities and events going on at the museum.

3) Be invited to our annual summer Friends and volunteer party.

4) Be invited to talks and special events.

5) Receive 10% off museum shop purchases.

6) Receive 10% off at Olney Pancake Parlour (just show your annual pass!).

Joining the Friends or Renewing your Membership

Membership to the Friends of the Cowper & Newton Museum :

  • Single membership £20
  • Joint membership £30
  • Overseas £30
  • Life membership: Single  £200
  • Life membership: Joint  £300     

To join the Friends of the Cowper & Newton Museum please download our membership form and send it to the address below..

You can also phone or email us to request a membership form, or pop into the museum! 

The Friends
The Cowper & Newton Museum
Orchard Side
Market Place
MK46 4AJ

Phone: 01234 711516


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Book Museum Tickets

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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