The Lace Room

Please note:

From September 15th 2019 until the end of 2020 the lace room will be closed for an exciting redevelopment! If your group would like to see our lace collection, with a few weeks prior notice we can bring examples out of storage. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

From the late 16th to the late 19th century Olney was a lace-making town. Trace the development of this cottage industry through old pictures, photographs & examples of beautiful hand-made lace. You will also discover how William & John supported the lacemakers when they fell on hard times.

‘Yon cottager, who weaves at her own door,
Pillow and bobbins all her little store;
Content though mean, and cheerful if not gay,
Shuffling her threads about the live-long day,’

– ‘Truth’, William Cowper



Find out more:

The History of  Lace-Making 

Elizabeth Knight’s introduction to lace-making (ODHS Website) 

Artefacts to find in this room

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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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