What’s Happening at Woolsthorpe Manor!

April 10, 2024

Woolsthorpe Manor, a National Trust property, is famous as it is the home of Sir Isaac Newton, and where he changed the world with his discovery of gravity!

You can learn more about the history of Woolsthorpe Manor, from our previous blog post: South Kesteven’s Surprising Heritage Sites – A blog series part one: Woolsthorpe Manor! | Discover South Kesteven

In this blog post we are going to explore the events and groups that are hosted at Woolsthorpe Manor and how you can get involved.

Light and Colour 2024

New exhibition for 2024! Come and explore Newtons theory of light and colour in the Manor House.

Read about Newton’s crucial experiment with light and how his discovery impacted our understanding on science, art, and poetry.

New fence – Blue diamond

Woolsthorpe Manor will see a number of improvements to the garden thanks to the support of Blue Diamond Garden Centres, who held a very special auction late last year.

Ten saplings were propagated from the original apple tree that inspired Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity and these were auctioned by Blue Diamond to raise money for the future care of this special place.

From the income raised by the auction, a new willow fence has been installed to help protect the roots of the famous tree, and over the next few months work will take place to improve the use of garden waste, turning it into nutrient-rich composting for the site.

Pin badge

Woolsthorpe Manor have launched a new fundraising pin badge based on Isaac Newton’s signature. These badges are being sold for a suggested donation of £3 in the ticket office shop from April 2024. All income raised supports vital projects on site to help preserve this truly special place.

Science Activities Thursday 11th April

Explore, experiment, and discover Isaac Newton’s story and science at Woolsthorpe this Easter!

Knowledgeable volunteers will be leading activities based on the electromagnetic spectrum – guess which x-ray belongs to which animal, paint a plate, and measure the speed of light using a microwave and some chocolate!

There will be two sessions running 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm, £3 per child, book on arrival.

Science Bags

During British Science Week (March 2024) Woolsthorpe Manor launched its Science Bags.

Designed to  inspire the next generation of big thinkers and world changers,  the ‘Bags of Science’ are available to borrow on your visit, with a variety of handheld experiments to try, like prisms, gravity experiments and diffraction glasses.

Time and Space Award

Do you have a world-changing idea? The National Trust wants to hear it!

The Time + Space Awards are a chance for four 16-25 year olds to get the space, time, support and inspiration you need to unlock your big idea.

Winners will be chosen in the fields of nature & climate, arts & culture, science, and society and will be awarded a package of mentoring, expert support, time at Woolsthorpe Manor National Trust, resources, expenses, and more to help you bring your big idea to life.

Applications only require you to answer one question in your field of choice but are due by 30 April. Find them and apply here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/who-we-are/news/time-and-space-newton-competition

All applicants – winners or not, will also get a free National Trust day pass for two visitors to use at any of the participating places the National Trust looks after.

To visit Woolsthorpe Manor, you can book and check their opening times on their website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/nottinghamshire-lincolnshire/woolsthorpe-manor

As well as exploring the spectrum of Newton’s genius, you can also have a cup of tea and a yummy piece of cake, plus they also have a wonderful gift shop, making it a great day out.

It really is a wonderful place to visit and the gravity of the discoveries that happened there are truly quite astounding!


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