Colour images of Olney taken around the year 1900
1. A display of memorabilia for VE Day 75 from Olney residents and expats – Added May 2020
The compilation of this commemoration was a joint effort by the Cowper & Newton Museum and the ODHS. The resulting web page contains really surprising contributions amounting to a series of real gems which are certainly worthy of a look.
2. What was Olney like immediately after the war? – Added April 2020
We have added a couple of links to what Olney residents were confronting at that time and some their associated leisure activities. Click the link to a new developing feature on Olney’s local history between 1945 and 1960. Another link leads to a complementary feature covering Olney’s Leisure pursuits and pastimes over that time period.
3. Relive Georgian Life – Olney – Added December 2019
This new article presents the ten panels currently being displayed during the period November 2019 to January 2020 by Discover MK Showcase on the first floor of MK Central Library. The panels indicate how the Georgian era influenced life in Olney and the surrounding area. Find out how the Cowper & Newton Museum and the Olney & District Historical Society delved deep to tell these lost stories. Link to the article.
4. A Chronological History of Olney – Added May 2019
This new article presents a ‘potted’ or summary of Olney’s history followed by a more detailed chronological history of Olney in six sections. It should be considered a ‘developing’ introduction to Olney’s history, as the ‘definitive account’ of Olney’s history has yet to be written. Link to the article.
5. All ODHS Olney Heritage Trails – Updated 12th January 2019
This page lists all ODHS heritage trails and associated videos currently available. The trails are listed under the following headings:
a. Trails that can accessed directly in full on this website.
b. Trails, some take the form of audio guides, accessed via Smartphones using (i) the ‘PocketSights’ software package, (ii) the ‘izi Travel’ software package, (iii) the ‘MK Trails’ software package.
c. Trails available as a video directly via YouTube.
Link to the complete list
6. Olney High Street – Heritage Trail – Updated August 2018
This Heritage Trail is designed to present visitors to Olney with a light introduction to the history of Olney High Street. It could be used as a precursor to a leisurely stroll along the High Street or as a complementary activity before or after visiting the Cowper and Newton Museum and its gardens. Link to the Heritage Trail
The ODHS is indebted to Alan Cooper for the considerable help and assistance that he has generously provided to the development of this WordPress website. Thanks are also due to the Milton Keynes Heritage Association, and in particular to David Muston for his support and encouragement.
Page last reviewed:
11th May 2020
Mike Neale – ODHS Webmaster
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