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.
The Garner Lectures – Exploring Science and Culture
At Jodrell Bank, the boundary between Science and Culture barely exists. In fact, it’s hard to find someone who works here who recognises the two as separate areas. Since the Lovell Telescope carried out its first scientific act – tracking the carrier rocket of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 – the site has […]
Science meets fiction
Comma Press had published a series of ‘real’ science fiction anthologies, and I’ve been lucky enough to contribute to all of them so far. The editor at Comma Press, Ra Page, did a physics and philosophy degree, and then an MA in English literature, so he has a brain hemisphere in each area, and fuses […]
Our five minutes (and more) of fame…
TV programmes Jodrell Bank often features in factual TV programmes. In addition to hosting the popular BBC2 series of Stargazing Live, it has also featured recently in programmes such as Jim Alkhalili’s BBC series Light and Dark . Jodrell Bank has often been home to many items in the popular ‘Sky at Night’ series (e.g. […]
The Galaxy Garden – Science and Design
I arrived here at Jodrell in 2011, just after the completion of the UK’s first Galaxy Garden designed by TV gardener Chris Beardshaw. In conversations with Chris I learnt how he’d worked in collaboration with Professor Tim O’Brien to create a garden that would show the journey of our Universe from the Big Bang 14 […]
Wonder: a Scientific Oratorio
All composers have a touch of the megalomaniac about them – it comes of believing they are thinking up new “sound-worlds” all the time. So when I got the opportunity to work with Jodrell Bank astronomers on a piece which tried to portray the creation of the universe, I jumped at the chance. In […]