House of Light

Coloured beams from Woolsthorpe Manor

Newton’s work with light at Woolsthorpe Manor changed the world and made this place a beacon for science. We have invited the artists and scientists of tomorrow to help articulate the extraordinary things that happened here 350 years ago and the impact it has made on the world around us. This is the beginning of a year of activity on the theme of light.

Woolsthorpe Manor is changing and will be providing a fresh experience for visitors and one which focusses on Newton and his legacy. We believe this amazing place has the potential to inspire the next generation of Newtons. Over the next year we will be experimenting with new ways of working, bringing in people who might benefit most from this inspiring place and finding ways to bring Newton and his legacy to new as well as established audiences.

Over the winter months the Manor will host a series of new exhibits with loan objects, inventive lighting and art installations, telling the story of Isaac Newton in new ways showing how his work and legacy have changed the world, from villages in Africa to the Hubble Telescope. The house will be open for tours on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays until February 2018. Booking is essential - call 01476 862823.

Several groups have been working with us: Trinity College Cambridge, Grantham College Art and Design Department, Surrey Nanosystems, the National Space Centre, Lab3 Media, GravityLight, Chris Pick Conservation, Melton and Peterborough Astronomical Societies and Museum Development East Midlands.

" he invented the trick of a paper lanthorn with a candle in it, ty'd to the tail of a kite. this wonderfully affrighted all the neighboring inhabitants..."
- William Stukeley