The Cowper & Newton Museum is a treasure trove of fascinating personal belongings and stories, set in a historic Georgian building and gardens on the Market Place in Olney.
The museum also offers education visits for schools and a range of talks that can be given to clubs and societies.
The renowned poet William Cowper (pronounced “Cooper”) was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. He was the son of the Reverend John Cowper and Ann, daughter of Roger Donne of Ludham Hall, Norfolk.
‘Amazing Grace’ is one of the most beloved hymns of the last two centuries. It was penned by the Rev. John Newton during his time here in Olney. The hymn forms part of ‘The Olney Hymns’, a hymn book written by William Cowper and John Newton.
The museum history shows ‘The Cowper Memorial Museum and Library’ was opened in 1900, but within a few years became known as ‘The Cowper & Newton Museum’. The museum was largely the creation of Thomas Wright, who worked tirelessly to raise local and national awareness of Olney’s heritage.
Keep up to date with local events, interesting articles, news stories and much more from the Cowper & Newton Museum. Not only is the museum steeped in fascinating history and culture, but also keep up to date with the latest exhibitions from talented local artists at The Three Hares Gallery.
The museum contains a comprehensive collection of early editions of the works of William Cowper and John Newton. Many of the books were collected by Thomas Wright of Olney, the founder of the museum.
Our learning programme welcomes schools & young people to the Cowper & Newton Museum – a treasure trove of fascinating personal belongings and stories, set in a historic Georgian building and gardens on the Market Place in Olney.
We have a range of talks we can give to your clubs & societies. Our talks include 'The Lives of William Cowper and John Newton', 'Georgian Olney: A Time Travellers Guide', 'The Story of Lace' plus many more