Learn about Charles Wicksteed’s legacy during British Science Week events at Kettering park

Charles Wicksteed
Charles Wicksteed

People can learn more about Charles Wicksteed’s legacy of innovation at two free events being held at Wicksteed Park during British Science Week.

The two science cafes will take place in the park’s heritage space and will introduce people to science in an informal way over coffee and cake.

Two events are taking place at Wicksteed Park this week

Two events are taking place at Wicksteed Park this week

People will be able to explore engineering and ecology and explore the extraordinary legacy of Charles Wicksteed, focusing on his life as an entrepreneur, inventor, innovator and successful engineer.

In 1928, when the park he created was still in its infancy, Charles Wicksteed said: “We live in wonderful days of almost embarrassing advance in science and industry.”

The science cafes are the only free community access British Science Week events in Northamptonshire.

From 10.45am to midday tomorrow (Tuesday), computing, robotics and artificial intelligence expert Dr Scott Turner, associate professor (computing and immersive technologies) based at University of Northampton, will lead a talk about Junkbots, a project that combined environmental sustainability, engineering and computing alongside a current research ‘Visualising the Field.’

Charles Wicksteed (standing)

Charles Wicksteed (standing)

And from 10.45am to midday on Thursday (March 16), Paul Wyer of the Wildlife Trust will speak about the wildlife on your doorstep, in your gardens or around the park’s lake.

People can find out more about their habitats and impacts on the natural environment and what you can do to maintain and increase local wildlife.

Paul has a specialist interest in hedgehogs and will bring along a range of information for people to view.

Tracey Clarke, Wicksteed Park’s community link manager, said: “British Science Week is a great way for people to find out more about a range of fascinating topics in an engaging and informative way.

“Charles Wicksteed was at the forefront of innovation and engineering , creating rides and attractions which played a key role in the development of children’s play, so it is fitting that we are celebrating his achievements as part of these events.”

Anyone wanting to book free places for the events can email community@wicksteedpark.org or call 01536 512475.

The heritage space will be signposted from reception.

Car parking charges will apply.

For further information on British Science Week go to www.britishscienceweek.org/events/science-cafe-at-wicksteed-park.