Sir Isaac Newton will be adding a colourful heritage dimension to the British Tourism and Travel Show tomorrow (Wednesday) to help South Kesteven District Council promote its Gravity Fields Festival.
A costumed character portraying Newton will be at the NEC in Birmingham, helping to publicise the festival inspired by him and commemorate the 350th anniversary of some of his major works.
Gravity Fields Festival (21-25 September) is a five-day festival of science, arts, heritage, music, drama and outdoor spectacular in and around Grantham under the banner of ‘Genius’.
Festival organisers SKDC are exhibiting at this year’s major national travel show with Woolsthorpe Manor, Newton’s birthplace at nearby Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth. 1666 was the year Newton spent at Woolsthorpe after fleeing the plague in Cambridge, doing work on light, mathematics and gravitation now viewed by the scientific community as the most extraordinary burst of scientific creativity in history. 350 years on, Gravity Fields Festival is daring to bring the plague to Woolsthorpe with actors and plague doctors to convey the impact if the bubonic nightmare had reached Lincolnshire.
World class scientists and artists, an anti-gravity box and updates from the Large Hadron Collider build up to a Saturday evening spectacular finale. British astronaut Major Tim Peake has been invited to an evening with TV science broadcaster and festival patron Dallas Campbell as part of Tim’s post flight tour.
Gravity’s’ Ingenious’ Arts Council England-funded outdoor arts programme has recruited some of Europe’s most creative and diverse performance companies to reflect key moments from the 17th Century, the Industrial Revolution and modern alternative technology.
Woolsthorpe Manor is developing its own ‘Illuminating Newton’ project to better convey the Manor’s role in and influence on Newton’s work. www.gravityfields.co.uk