New Exhibition: John Newton & Amazing Grace

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the hymn, Amazing Grace

We are delighted to welcome a new touring exhibition from the Cowper & Newton Museum in Olney!

Last year, the museum marked the 250th anniversary of the hymn, Amazing Grace. The exhibition includes information that covers the history of the hymn, how it came to be written in the town of Olney and the tune to which the hymn is most sung today.

There is also a timeline of Newton’s life which includes his life as a slave ship captain, his journey to ordination, life as curate in the town of Olney, writing of hymns and role in the campaign to abolish slavery.

Visit the exhibition to know more about the story of John Newton and the story of the hymn!

Exhibition Information

  • Dates: Monday 5 February – Friday 15 March

  • Venue: The Museum at John Wesley’s New Room

  • Pricing: Free with normal admission

Visit Our Museum and Learn More About Wesley Brothers and Bristol!

The Museum at the New Room tells the story of John and Charles Wesley and eighteenth-century Methodism and its relevance today.

The museum is housed in the rooms that were originally constructed in 1748 to accommodate the Wesleys and the early Methodist preachers. As part of your visit you will see John Wesley’s study and bedroom, as well as the main parlour for the preachers.


John Wesley's New Room

John Wesley’s New Room is a heritage site in the heart of Bristol. It houses a museum, library, café, events and hire space. It is home to the original 18th century chapel that started the Methodist movement.

It also houses an award-winning Café and a vast reference Library. John Wesley’s New Room hosts a range of art, music and family events and is also available to hire.

Explore the Museum of John & Charles Wesley’s life and work in Bristol.

John Wesley’s New Room is the oldest Methodist building in the world, located right in the heart of Bristol city centre. Founded in 1739 by John Wesley, the New Room became the cradle of the worldwide Methodist movement.

This is the place that completes the story of Bristol. This is the Room that changed the World.

It is a place where everyone is welcome to explore, step back, take time, reconnect and recharge.

Learn more