Here at Jodrell Bank we see science as an integral part of culture.

Our own field of interest, Astronomy, has been a key part of the human experience for millennia, stretching back to Neolithic sites such as Newgrange in Ireland and Stonehenge in England; Chankillo in Peru and our own Royal Observatory, part of the world heritage site at Greenwich .

Jodrell Bank itself is underpinned by a story of great scientific achievement and discovery, intertwined with world events. It is home to the Lovell Telescope – recognised as a Grade 1 listed structure – the highest accolade given to important heritage structures in the UK.

Jodrell Bank is also on the UK shortlist for UNESCO World Heritage Site status in recognition of its international importance as ‘a unique site which reflects the heritage of pure science with the authenticity of ongoing scientific research and provides accessibility to the general public’.

But, of course, culture encompasses much more than history ……

This part of our website explores the way in which science and culture interact – both here at Jodrell Bank and elsewhere in the world.

From 7th – 9th July, Jodrell Bank welcomed thousands of festival goers to Bluedot, our annual celebration of science, discovery, live music, and cosmic culture. The award-winning festival was back for its second outing with a packed programme of exhibits, talks, experiments, live performances and artistic interventions. It was a truly mind-expanding and inspiring weekend and […]

Last month, we launched a unique collaboration between the world-leading scientists here at Jodrell Bank, and the internationally acclaimed Japanese new media artist Daito Manabe, with an exhilarating new Arts-Science residency. The Tokyo-based artist Daito, along with technicians from Rhizomatiks Research first visited Jodrell Bank in May to work alongside our scientists, including Professor Tim O’Brien, before returning […]

Our award-winning festival of discovery, Bluedot, takes place next month (7th– 9th July) and once again, you can expect a cornucopia of knowledge, research, and learning, ranging from the depths of outer space to the future of our fragile planet. Alongside a stellar programme of music and arts, last year’s inaugural festival offered a host of […]

Bring all the family to Bluedot this summer for a weekend of inspiring science!   Bluedot Festival, 7 – 9 July Day Tickets: £59 | Weekend Tickets: £159   Bluedot is our annual festival of discovery that combines science, arts, music, and culture in to one big celebration held here at Jodrell Bank. Last year’s festival saw […]

Bluedot will take you on a scientific voyage from the Antarctic to the depths of Space via live experiments, science discussions, shows & lots more! After last summer’s incredible debut, we simply can’t wait for the return of Bluedot and this year we’ve raised the bar once again with an even bigger programme of music, […]

It’s a big day for us here at Jodrell Bank as the headline acts for the 2017 bluedot festival are announced. After an incredible debut outing last July, which saw us welcome nearly 15,000 festival-goers, we’ve been absolutely thrilled with the enormous public response to this annual festival of discovery. We’ve celebrated awards success too, including prestigious […]

As the nights draw in and the seasons change, we can’t help but think back to the summer and the Bluedot festival’s spectacular debut. The inaugural event was packed with incredible performances from across the musical spectrum, spectacular scientific happenings, and a mind-expanding programme of arts and culture. You can find out about the inspiration behind […]

We were delighted to welcome Commissioner Carlos Moedas to Jodrell Bank this week during his visit to the UK. The European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation was accompanied by the Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Bailey as part of his visit to Manchester for the EuroScience Open Forum 2016 Conference. The European […]

Here at Jodrell Bank, part of our mission is to embed science as a normal part of our culture.  One of the ways in which we are doing this is via our new bluedot festival. The inspiration behind bluedot comes from a speech made by iconic scientist Carl Sagan at Cornell University, New York, in […]

As our Bluedot Festival nears (and we’re rushing around, frantically organising things….) the programme starting to shape up. We’re all very excited. Bluedot will be a new feature in the UK’s summer season, and one that will have a unique place in the range of festivals on offer. We’re all very clear here why we are […]