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Leonardo da Vinci's Engineers

We can recreate Leonardo da Vinci's workshop completed with a full size working model of the helical screw, one of his famous flying machines.
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In order to bring the period to life for visitors the re-enactors will pose as characters claiming to have known Leonardo and a financer of the project to construct and test the machines. The characters will discuss the theory behind the designs and how they have influenced modern machines.


The centre piece of the fully interactive display is a full size working assembly of the famous Aerial Screw. Will flight be possible? Which of the machines fulfil the promise of the drawings?  Visitors are invited to debate with the characters and view the machines in action. The attached pictures give a flavour of the display and show the famous aerial screw, which is thought to have inspired the helicopter, a springald, a pulley system, parachute designs and flying aids. Other designs that have been realised include an adjustable elevation bombard, parachutes and winged machines. The pictures below give an idea of the display.

Elevation bombard                                             Plans of the Helical Screw      
                   Anatomical drawings
Pulley System                                                        Springald