House of Light

Solargraph image of Woolsthorpe Manor

Newton’s work with light at Woolsthorpe Manor changed the world and made this place a beacon for science. We are inviting 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. It will launch 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 living up to Newton’s legacy.

The Manor will host a series of new exhibits, ranging from loan objects to art and lighting installations. The house will be open with tours on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

A spectacular event will celebrate this season on 15 December. Inspired by a story about Newton as a boy, this will begin with a lantern lit procession through streets of Colsterworth gathering people and switching off lights. As the lights in Woolsthorpe and Colsterworth go out, we will be offering a unique stargazing experience as the Geminid meteor shower passes through the sky. Inside the Manor visitors will have the chance to explore the building by torchlight and discover the creations inside. Visitors will be invited to bring their own torches and paint with light around the site as students from Grantham College capture their movement with long exposure photography.


Several groups are 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