Our work

Seventeenth-century grafitti - a stock tally carved in the wall © National Trust/Stephen Shepherd

Seventeenth-century grafitti - a stock tally carved in the wall

Looking after our collection

Our conservation team keeps records of the contents of the Manor House using CMS - the Collections Management System - which describes the items and tells some of its story. Two of our volunteers have been trained to keep the records up-to-date - a constant task! - and the collection can be seen on the National Trust website.

Keeping the trees alive

The apple tree with a place in history

The apple tree with a place in history

Our famous apple tree - around 400 years old and counting - is one of hundreds of plants which can now be propagated by the National Trust's Plant Conservation Unit, based at Knightshayes Court in Devon. As apple trees don't come true from seed, we sent some cuttings to the Unit, so that there will always be 'daughter' trees of Isaac Newton's Flower of Kent apple - the tree which inspired his work on gravity.
 

On screen

One for the grandchildren - our Conservation Manager with Dic and Dom

Like many National Trust places, Woolsthorpe is a popular venue for film crews - however we get more scientists with prisms and projectors than hunky leading men and costume dramas. Recent broadcasts have included Adam Nicholson's 'The Century that Wrote Itself' for BBC4 and an episode of Dick and Dom's 'Absolute Genius' on CBBC, which was notable for including Marty Jopson dropping eggs from a first-floor window.

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