The Interactive Science Salon which is being held at Grantham Museum as part of the Gravity Fields Festival has received a National Lottery grant of £29,500 made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.

An electronic globe takes centre stage of a packed programme at the Science Salon in Grantham Museum. The globe features the voyages of Lincolnshire-born botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who, 250 years ago, travelled with Captain Cook on HMS Endeavour to Australia.

Volunteers in Grantham have been working at the Museum to research the Banks voyages to Newfoundland, Australia and Iceland to create the interactive globe with Edinburgh based specialist designers Pufferfish.

Grantham Museum is also hosting a display of drawings by Lincolnshire philosopher William Stukeley, who lived in Grantham for 4 years from 1726 to 1730.

There is also an exhibition of antiquarian books by Grantham-based specialists Type and Forme, and a flower show organised by Sue Hodgson of Flowers by Holland with members of the Grantham Flower Club – all inspired by the countries visited by HMS Endeavour.

Talks and discussions include the opportunity to meet TV, radio and theatre scriptwriter Louise Page who will be hosting a Tea Talk each day at Grantham Museum from Wednesday 26-Saturday 29 September and sharing history and science daily from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

The project is managed by heritage and arts production company Fete Day led by the Gravity Fields Festival Curator Rosemary Richards.

She has focused on the legacy of Sir Joseph Banks, who grew up at Revesby Abbey.  Research on the project involved visits to Revesby, the Joseph Banks Centre and Society in Horncastle and Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, where Banks and Sir Isaac Newton were members.

In 1768, when HMS Endeavour set sail, Banks already had the experience of an earlier voyage to explore Newfoundland. He later funded his own voyage to Iceland.

David Burling, Director of Grantham Museum, said: “We are very proud to be hosting these events for the Gravity Fields festival and look forward to welcoming everyone to the Interactive Science Salon.”

Jonathan Platt who is Head of HLF East Midlands adds ‘it is great that were have been able to support this exciting and innovative project with funding from National Lottery players’

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