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The Cowper and Newton Bulletin
The Cowper and Newton Bulletin is published quarterly and distributed to all Friends of the Museum. A subscription to the Bulletin automatically includes Friends membership.

Subscription rates are: in the UK 5 for individual and 8 for joint membership, overseas 6 and l0 respectively, including postage.
If you would like to subscribe, please contact:

The Friends Membership Secretary, c/o The Cowper and Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Place, Olney, Bucks, MK46 4AJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1234 711516

The Editors of the Bulletin welcome contributions from anyone interested in Cowper and Newton, their circle and their milieu. While every issue will carry news of events and ongoing projects at the Museum, it is hoped that readers will wish to submit short articles, letters, insights and discoveries concerning Cowper and Newton, and news of activities - scholarly or otherwise - related to their Iives and work. In particular we would like to hear from other groups and societies dedicated to keeping their memory alive.

Items submitted for inclusion in the Bulletin should be sent to one of the Joint Editors, preferably on disk or by email using one of the standard word-processing packages, although submissions on paper are acceptable.

Joint Editors
Professor Vincent Newey
Department of English
University of Leicester
Leicester LEI 7RH
Tel:+44 (0) 116 252 2634
<Fax:+44 (0) 116 252 2065

Tony Seward
14 London Road,
Stony Stratford
Milton Keynes MKI I I iL
Tel: +44 (0) 1908 565 260

Editorial Board
Bill Kelly (Production), Elizabeth Knight (Museum Trustee), Joan McKillop (former Curator), Margaret Nicholas (Chair of the Friends), Professor Bob Owens (The Open University).

[Front Cover Vol 1 No 1: Olney Church from the River Ouse]

From the Editors

With greatly increased activity at the Museum over the last few years, and a steadily growing revival in Cowper and Newton studies, the Trustees decided that an improved means of communication was needed for those interested in Olney's most celebrated past residents. Hence this Bulletin, which has been developed from the former Friends' newsletter, Museum Musings.

Recent highlights at the Museum have included: the Bicentenary Symposium in 2000 commemorating William Cowper's death; the subsequent establishment of annual "Days" on Cowperian and Newtonian themes; publication of a one-volume edition of Cowper's letters, and a new short study of Cowper by Ken Smith; achievement of full registration of the Museum by the Museums and Galleries Commission; and complete restoration of the Museum's facade made possible by a generous donation from EB Milton Keynes (Holdings) Ltd. Further ambitious plans for development of the building and expansion of the Museum's activities are in hand.

The main function of the Bulletin will be to keep our readers in touch with such activities; to celebrate the lives and work of Cowper and Newton; and to report on the latest news and research in the field. But above all, we hope that it will become the primary channel of communication for all who love Cowper and Newton, as well as contributing to the expansion of our existing Friends' organisation. Remember - by subscribing to the Bulletin, you will automatically become a Friend and entitled to Friends' benefits.

Finally, do email or write to us with any items you would like to see published in the Bulletin - letters, new insights or information on Cowper and Newton, relevant historical or biographical text and pictures.... The more contributions the Bulletin receives from its readers, the better it will be.

Tony Seward
Vincent Newey

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