Really looking forward to this latest Newton Masterclass, a special free workshop at Colsterworth Village Hall just a stone’s throw away from Newton’s family home at Woolsthorpe Manor.
This session marks the official launch of ‘Walking with Newton – family trees and footpaths’, setting out to create walking tours that retrace Newton’s footsteps across south Lincolnshire. These walks will be a key feature of this autumn’s Gravity Fields Festival 2014 (September 24-28) in and around Grantham.
The Colsterworth planning event in February aims to pool local knowledge with family trees, photos and maps, and these will be used to devise routes with long distance creative walking leaders, Ali Pretty and Richard White – who have recently been leading the 100-mile Wiltshire’s White Horses route.
Ali and Richard will be talking at the event, along with Russell Newton, a descendant of Sir Isaac Newton’s uncle, Robert Newton. Russell is currently working on an autobiography which retraces Newton’s life from a fresh perspective, focusing on previously unrecorded aspects of his every day existence rather than on his well documented scientific and mathematical work.
Local historian and genealogist Ruth Crook will also be presenting. With a keen interest in Isaac Newton’s life, Ruth helps genealogists around the world with their research.
Walking groups, local history groups and families or organisations which have either connections to Newton or own buildings with Newton links are encouraged to bring along their documents, photos and records. The event is also open to the general public with an interest in the local history of the Newton family.
The workshop forms a key part of a wider genealogical study to trace Newton’s descendants, one of five strands of Lincolnshire’s Age of Scientific Discovery, a South Kesteven District Council project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to research the history and heritage of Sir Isaac Newton.
Look forward to seeing you there!