Volunteering and Vacancies

Volunteering at the Cowper & Newton Museum

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Enthusiastic and committed volunteers have been part of the life and success of the Museum since we opened in 1900. The opportunities to volunteer are wide and varied from welcoming our visitors, serving in the shop, helping conserve our artefacts and buildings, keeping our vegetable gardens looking attractive, and raising funds through all sorts of initiatives.

Volunteer with Us!

We would be so grateful for your support.  There’s a role for everyone here with flexible hours to suit your lifestyle. 

Our volunteers receive full training and on-going support, invites to exclusive social events, and make a real contribution to one of Olney’s most significant tourist attractions.

 Talk to the House Manager, Paula, to find out more:  01234 711516


Become our Volunteer Lead Gardener

Do you have green fingers and a few hours to spare each week? We’d love to hear from you!
To find out more about this exciting role, please phone our House Manager, Paula, on 01234 711516,
email house-manager@cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk, or pop in for a chat.
Our Gardens are organically managed and re-enact, as far as possible, William Cowper’s cultivation of these grounds when he was resident in the late 18th Century. Cowper was a keen amateur gardener and wrote about his activity in his letters, which gives us an idea about what he grew. We take care to exclude any plant species that were not in England in Cowper’s time and to reproduce the ones he names.
We are looking for a Lead Garden Volunteer to manage the Summer House Garden. This person will manage a small team of volunteers and ensure heritage vegetables are sown, planted, and harvested at the correct time of year. They will also maintain the historic appearance of the garden for our visitors’s enjoyment and interest.
Tools, a greenhouse, and fertile soil await you in anticipation! 

Become a Trustee

The Cowper & Newton Museum are looking to recruit three new trustees to their board. If you have a passion for museums and would like to contribute to the future success of the museum, click below!

Job Vacancies

If you have a passion for museums and would like to contribute to the future success of the museum, please click below to view our current job vacancies.

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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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