We recently joined the National Trust and today we've been on an educational visit to Woolsthorpe Manor, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton.
|Entrance into the small car park for the disabled|
|The old goat house, now the entrance into Woolsthorpe Manor|
Next stop was the science discovery centre, which Small was fascinated with. I must confess that in the years since I left school, I'd forgotten just how many great discoveries and theories the great man came up with - although as we found out, he wasn't always right! In his experiments with light, Newton apparently theorised that all the colours of the visible spectrum were primary colours, which we now know not to be the case. There's lots to see and do, although unfortunately photography wasn't permitted so I can't show you what we saw. It's all hands-on though, with activities involving light, Kepler's laws of planetary motion, a refracting telescope, and what looked like an air hockey table to demonstrate Newton's laws of motion. Upstairs are more simple experiments that children can enjoy.
Don't forget to look up at the ceiling which has the planets, known in Newton's time, suspended from the rafters.
We tried to do the "human sun dial" but it had clouded over, so we moved on to the orchard where a descendant of the original apple tree, under which Newton was sitting when he came up with his theory of gravitational force, still grows.
|The famous apple tree|
We went back to the discovery centre for more fun, with thunder booming overhead. Just as we got back to the car to leave, the sun came out so we went back in and walked up to the "human sundial" again, and Small was able to see what it was supposed to demonstrate. Making sure he was standing on the area of tiles marked "June", sure enough, the sundial told him the time, which was approximately 2.30. This was an hour out of course, as sundials make no allowances for daylight saving time!
|The human sundial|
|Rear of Woolsthorpe Manor|
|View of the front of the manor house|
Until next time. x