The Open University’s Music Department, the Cowper & Newton Museum and St Peter & St Paul Church, Olney are delighted to be co-hosting this conference as part of a year-long programme of events to commemorate the 250th anniversary of ‘Amazing Grace’, written by the Rev John Newton to accompany his sermon for his 1773 New Year’s Day service in Olney.

10.00-10.45 Registration/Tea and coffee

10.45-12.00 Keynote Lecture: Professor D. Bruce Hindmarsh, ‘Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Grace in the Life of John Newton, Then and Now’

12.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.15 Keynote Lecture 2: Professor Anthony G. Reddie, ‘Amazing Grace and Cheap Grace: Learning from The Cross and the Lynching Tree’

15.15-15.45 Tea and coffee

15.45-17.00 Roundtable panel

Chair: The Rev’d Jonathan Aikten

Participants: The Rt Rev’d Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Rev’d Dr Janet Wootton, Ms Marylynn Rouse, Director of the John Newton Project

17.00-17.30 Lecture-recital: Alexander Douglas (piano), ‘A Sacred Journey: From the Olney Hymns to the Antebellum South’

For more information visit the Museum Website

Cowper and Newton Museum

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

01234 711 516


Opening times

Historic House, Gallery Exhibitions, Gardens and Shop

1st March - 21st December 2022

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

Autumn/ Winter (from 1st November) Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat 11am-4:00pm (last entry 3:00pm)

Closed on Good Friday (15th April)


We are delighted to be returning to a hands-on Museum. Book online and tickets can also be purchased from the museum shop.

In order to make visits pleasant and comfortable, we respectfully ask that visitors exercise good practice.

Please do not visit the Museum if you have Covid symptoms or if you believe you have been exposed to the infection.

Shop staff are behind a perspex screen. Rooms are ventilated where possible. Hand sanitiser available on arrival and on exit from the museum.

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