This section brings together the very latest posts related to scientific developments, heritage and cultural activities here at Jodrell Bank.

 

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre today took collection of a special delivery from the National Trust’s Woolsthorpe Manor, the Lincolnshire birthplace and family home of Sir Isaac Newton. The physicist and mathematician, widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time, was famously sitting under an apple tree in the gardens at Woolsthorpe […]

28 October, 2016

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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 […]

In early October 2016, three members of the Jodrell Bank Discovery team – education team leaders Julia and Jamie and Heritage Officer Liz – travelled down to Oldland Common, near Bristol, to assist with preparations for a blue plaque on the childhood home of founder and first director of Jodrell Bank observatory, Bernard Lovell. We […]

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 […]

On this day (20 July) in 1969, the Apollo 11 Eagle lander module containing astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first manned space mission to land on the Moon.  Fours later on 21 July 1969, Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, issuing the oft-quoted line, “That’s one small […]

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 […]

On this day, 21 June, in 1946 Bernard Lovell sent a fifteen-page report to his former PhD supervisor and now academic collaborator Patrick Blackett about his early research using redundant wartime radar apparatus to detect cosmic rays. His experiments began with failed attempts in central Manchester between 12 September 1945 and then continued at Jodrell […]

In 1949, Bernard Lovell decided to construct a 250-ft steerable telescope, which would enable him to examine cosmic rays, meteors, and the radio waves from the deepest reaches of the universe. Lovell worked closely with Sheffield engineer H. C. Husband and by 1952 construction had begun. By 1957, construction of the Lovell telescope (or Mark […]