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May 2016 - International Guild of Knot Tyers Visit
Kate Horner and Lauren Scanlon, from the Durham SPOCK group, visited the IGKT between the 6th and 9th May. As you can see, during their visit, they were involved with members of the Guild in some interesting, participative outdoor knot-related activities involving some ropes, some bottles and a tree!
Bottles are attached to pieces of coloured string which is attached to a branch above
The bottles are then passed (or thrown if you know what you're doing!) between people standing below the branch in a pattern to braid the rope. For more complicated braids, it can be quite tricky to keep track of who to pass the bottle to next, but is a fun way to braid rope in different patterns!
A close up of the rope braided by passing bottles attached to string between people. Different braids are formed in the rope by varying the direction bottles are passed between people
|Visit to International Guild of Knot Tyers|
|Dec-2015||Bristol PhD Students||Sixth Form Outreach Event|
|'Knot Theory and Knots in Biology', Public Science Café|
|Invited talk 'Knots in Physics', Orkney International Science Festival.|
|Supervision of a research intern from a Bristol school as part of the Nuffield summer placements scheme.|
|Knots in Science', workshop for schoolchildren visiting Bristol under widening-participation schemes.|
|'Knots Workshop' for schoolchildren at the Annual Durham University Schools' Science Festival.|
|Practical session for schoolgirls on Knot Theory (entitled: What do Mathematicians and Cows have in Common?). Part of the Durham University Girls 'n Maths outreach programme.|
|Feb-2015||Mark Miller||Public Lecture, 'Knots', Café Scientifique, Durham, UK.|
|Feb-2015||David Evans||Public Lecture, 'Fun with Lasers, Chemicals and Spirals', Ushaw College, Durham, UK.|