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Relive Georgian life at the home of renowned 18th-century poet William Cowper.

Discover how his friend John Newton’s life and personal experiences inspired him to write one of the world’s most famous hymns, Amazing Grace, while living in Olney. Wander through the gorgeous 18th-century gardens and floral displays and don't miss William Cowper's Verse Manufactory surrounded by medicinal plants and heritage fruit and vegetables.

Professor Nicola J Watson (The Open University) will be offering a 15 minute talk on all aspects of Georgian food culture, exploring how and why William Cowper characterises the raising and eating of hothouse cucumbers in his poem The Task (1782) as symptomatic of 'social ills'.

Visit the current exhibition, Quackery and Enlightenment: A Journey through Georgian Medicine or discover new stories of medical care throughout the museum in Cowper and Newton's time, including the ledgers kept by Mrs Unwin's physician Dr Grindon of Olney.

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Cowper and Newton Museum

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

01234 711 516

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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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