Curiosity, creativity and genius at the heart of the National Trust's 2023 plans


27 January 2023
Newton's apple tree and house at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire, 1404939 ©National Trust Images_James Dobson
A year-long programme celebrating the genius of Sir Isaac is just one of the highlights of a ‘celebration of creativity’ planned for National Trust sites across the country

A year-long Newton programme will take place at Woolsthorpe Manor, Newton’s former home in Lincolnshire, shining a light on new talent and ideas discovered during Covid and since.

Woolsthorpe has long been a place of pilgrimage for science fans and it was here that the famous incident of the apple falling from the tree in the garden of Woolsthorpe is believed to have happened, becoming the inspiration for Newtn’s law of universal gravitation.

In West Sussex, the 300th anniversary of the birth of artist Sir Joshua Reynolds has inspired the exhibition Explorations in Paint, a specially curated exhibition from the Royal Academy of Arts that brings together artworks by current and Royal Academicians.

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The Trust’s director general Hilary McGrady said: ‘There’s so much for people to explore at the National Trust this year. From celebrating great people at the places that inspired them, to revealing beautiful objects and stories from across the Trust in a brand new BBC series, we want to offer as many people as we can the chance to experience nature, beauty and history, in the spirit in which we were founded. Our ambitious conservation programme also continues, and we’re continuing to help nature thrive. From beavers and blossom to Sir Joshua Reynolds, there’s something in our 2023 programme for everyone.’

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