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In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the world famous hymn 'Amazing Grace', we invite you to enter our lace making competition.

We want to commission an original piece of lace based on this theme through an online competition. The winning entry will receive £500 and the piece of lace will become the sole property of the museum and go on display in a permanent exhibition.

Composed by the Reverend John Newton in the weeks leading up to his New Year’s Day service at St Peter & St Paul Church in 1773, the hymn – in various different musical styles – has gone on to inspire countless people and has even become known in America as the nation’s 'spiritual anthem'.

Read the competition entry rules.

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Cowper and Newton Museum

Orchard Side, Market Place, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ

01234 711 516


Opening times

Historic House, Gallery Exhibitions, Gardens and Shop

19th May - 22nd December 2021

Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat 11am-4:30pm (last entry 3:30pm)

COVID safety measures in place. All visitors must wear masks in the building. Hand sanitise on arrival. Make use of NHS QR code. Leave contact details if QR code not accessible on mobile phone. Keep 2 metres apart where possible. Shop staff are behind a perspex screen. Surfaces are disinfected at the end of each day in readiness for our next visitors. Rooms are ventilated where possible. No more than 6 visitors in each room at any one time. Gloves available to wear. Hand sanitiser available on exit from the museum.

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