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.

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 […]

Hondartza Fraga, Lovell’s Shadow, 2016. Kodak metallic paper, edition 25 +2 a/p. Limited edition prints £40 (unframed), proceeds to Macclesfield Barnaby Festival. Contact mail@barnabyfestival.org.uk to pre-order; payment by BACS or cheque and collect at the festival.  At Jodrell Bank, we find that it’s invariably interesting, challenging and illuminating to work with artists. We find new perspectives, […]

Photo Credits : Anthony Holloway Early in October 2014, we were delighted to be able to form a creative partnership with Abandon Normal Devices (AND) in order to deliver ‘Watch the Skies’ a weekend celebration of Sci-Fi film at Jodrell Bank as part of the British Film Institute’s ‘Days of Fear and Wonder’ series. The […]

19 April, 2016

Why bluedot

The reason People come to Jodrell Bank for many reasons. They may be curious about what we do; interested in science in general; came on a school visit when they were young, aficionados of engineering heritage, drop in for a coffee on a cycling trip or are looking for a great day out with the […]

  Taking place 22-24 July, bluedot is a brand new three-day festival of discovery that promises to fuse a complex mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers into an event unlike any on earth Heading the music bill with a UK festival exclusive is the legendary Jean-Michel Jarre. Renowned not only for his revolutionary electronic […]

On 11th / 12th October 1957, the Lovell Telescope made its first scientific act – tracking the carrier rocket that launched Sputnik 1 into space – the dawn of the space age. On 11th October 2015, we commemorated the anniversary with our friends in  Public Service Broadcasting, who came to Jodrell Bank to film the […]

Our orchard is laden with fruit for the first time in a few years after some restorative pruning, feeding and pollination from our honeybees. The apple trees were planted as part of the Cheshire Orchard Project with the support of the Cheshire Landscape Trust in winter 1999/2000 to promote the use of locally bred fruit varieties. […]

Tomorrow evening we will open our new Star Pavilion with the inauguration of the Garner  Lectures – a programme that will explore the ways that science interacts with culture. The inaugural Lecture itself will be given by Alan Garner, the writer who has lent his name to the series. Alan lives very close to our […]

    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 […]