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Image number: RS.8463
Credit: © The Royal Society
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Fragment of wood from Woolsthorpe


19th century

Object type



length: 35mm

Content object


Fragment of wood supposedly from an ancient apple tree at Woolsthorpe Manor, Isaac Newton's family home.

Inscribed with the initials 'I.N' denoting Isaac Newton.

Object history

Charles Turnor was the owner of Woolsthorpe Manor in the 19th century and donated this item to the Royal Society.

In May 2010 this piece of wood was taken into space on NASA shuttle mission STS-132 as part of the Royal Society's 350th anniversary celebrations.

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