New displays and Interpretation: John Newton & Amazing Grace

Thanks to the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, AG250 was able to commission Catherine Ross and Lynda-Louise Burrell from Museumand, the National Caribbean Heritage Museum, as consultants on this project. Advice and guidance enriched the displays and activities by reimagining the collection and including the perspectives of Africans and Caribbeans – the people who played such a huge part in the story of John Newton’s life.

Museumand are also creating a Learning Pack to accompany the enhanced exhibition which will be for both schools and families.

“We were so honoured to be asked to be a part of AG250 celebrating John Newton’s hymn, Amazing Grace. The hymn is a firm favourite of many Africans and Caribbeans, much valued as an emotion-stirrer yet balm for the soul, despite having been composed by a man who had been involved in the Transatlantic Slave Trade for many years, before publicly declaring slavery an evil practice. John Newton’s life provides some great stories and lessons about the path to faith and belief, particularly that it is rarely a straightforward one, but often a gradual process. John Newton’s life and his hymn, Amazing Grace has had a profound and long-lasting effect, playing a part in the lives of many people down the centuries. We hope you enjoy AG250 as much as we did working on it.”

Catherine Ross and Lynda-Louise Burrell from Museumand, the National Caribbean Heritage Museum.

Carla Markland, Art conservator and heritage consultant then worked with Museum trustees and volunteers to redisplay the John Newton collection within three of the Museum rooms.

  • Early Life and the transatlantic slave trade.
  • Minister for Olney and hymnwriter.
  • Life in Olney and Beyond.

Further information, advice and support was given by other groups and organizations connected with research into the life and works of John Newton, including Marylynn Rouse, Director of the John Newton Project and in Liverpool, local historians Darren White and Glen Huntley.

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