£4m for First Light at Jodrell Bank

We were delighted to hear on Wednesday that the Discovery Centre was awarded £4m in the Autumn Statement to go towards our First Light Project. This fantastic news provides the final piece in the jigsaw that will enable us to move ahead with our exciting and ambitious plans for the development at Jodrell Bank.

Subject to the approval of a business plan, the £4m completes the fundraising for the project and sits alongside our offer of £12M from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and further generous support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation, the Denise Coates Foundation, the University of Manchester Alumni and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

The project, which supports Jodrell Bank’s bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site Status, will involve the creation of a stunning new gallery where people will be able to discover the fascinating history and inspiring stories of Jodrell Bank Observatory.

We are very grateful to all our funders for backing this fantastic new project, including to David Rutley MP who has been tireless in his support of our plans. We’re looking forward to creating something very special to celebrate the history of this unique place. 

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