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


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 […]

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 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 […]

Heritage Month: Celebrating 70 years at Jodrell Bank As part of a major heritage project, and with support from the Heritage lottery Fund, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is marking 70 years at Jodrell Bank with a month-long celebration of  exhibitions, shows and events. Discover the stories behind this unique site through walking tours, heritage trails, […]

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 […]

“Our mission is to inspire the scientists of the future” The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre welcomes over 150,000 visitors each year to the famous Cheshire scientific facility, 21,000 of whom are school pupils on educational visits. “Our mission is to inspire the scientists of the future”, said Professor Teresa Anderson, Director of […]

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Liz Bruton has joined Jodrell Bank as its Heritage Officer. Liz will be working on the exciting new ‘First Light at Jodrell Bank’ project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will be helping us all develop new approaches to conserving and celebrating the heritage of this important site. […]