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Conference: Amazing Grace and its legacies: reflections at 250

Friday, July 15, 2022 - 10:00 to Saturday, July 16, 2022 - 17:30
Walton Hall, The Open University and Olney Parish Church

Conference organisers: Dr Martin Clarke (The Open University)

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The Open University’s Music Department, the Cowper & Newton Museum and Olney Parish Church 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’, widely believed to have first been sung at Olney on 1 January 1773.

The conference takes place over two days

Friday 15 July: a full schedule of papers on the hymn and its legacies held at The Open University’s Walton Hall campus. Please visit this Eventbrite page to book a place.

Saturday 16 July: keynote lectures, a roundtable panel, and a lecture-recital held at Olney Parish Church. Keynote speakers are Prof D. Bruce Hindmarsh, author of John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition: Between the Conversions of Wesley and Wilberforce and Prof Anthony G. Reddie, author of Is God Colour-Blind? Insights from Black Theology for Christian Faith and Ministry. The roundtable panel will include the Rt Rev’d Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, and the Rev’d Dr Janet Wootton, President of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Please visit the Cowper & Newton Museum’s website to book a place.

There will also be a concert held at Olney Parish Church on Sunday 17 July, to which all delegates are warmly welcome.

Visit the conference website for further information. If you have any question, please contact the conference organiser on

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