The social media buzz surrounding the discovery walks in June 2014 was music to his ears for his passion is to exploring where and how the physical and the virtual meet via the participatory potential of social networks. In September 2014 the ether was seriously busy again as he and other walkers reached out to and share with the world wide Newton network, transforming the walk into a live social media gathering and sharing performance.
"We have layer upon layer of mythology surrounding Isaac Newton, even with the house which has become his shrine. Each walk will have questions which we are trying to answer, and sharing via social media. We will be gathering and sharing sound and images, thoughts and experiences and sharing that throughout walks. walking.
"My practice is steeped in the tradition of participatory arts. I work collaboratively with digital media, articulating location and identity."
Richard's recent projects include Lacock Unlocked media town trail app (2013), and The Ridgeway Project, walk, app, installation (2012). Richard manages Creative Wiltshire and lectures in Creative Media Practice and Heritage at Bath Spa University.
St Wulfram's Church spire, currently shrouded in scaffolding, would have looked the same to the schoolboy Isaac Newton, after the spire was struck by lightning in 1652 and scaffolded - and not re-built until 1661.
A protractor shape etched into the wall outside St Wulfram's Church could have been carved by Newton.
Newton was at King's School between 12 and 18, unlike other pupils who studied there from eight to 14.
Newton is believed to have stayed not only at Woolsthorpe Manor but at Culverthorpe Manor when he escaped the plague in Cambridge in 1665 and 1666.