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


  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 […]

This week we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the audacious ‘Space Hack’ carried out at Jodrell Bank on 4th Feb 1966. Jodrell Bank was deeply involved in monitoring the early space race between the USA and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was far out in the lead with its Luna Programme and in […]

A year of celebration will start this week as the world-famous Jodrell Bank Observatory celebrates its 70th birthday. Among the events to mark the anniversary are lectures, school events and a fundraising campaign. Seventy years ago today Bernard Lovell, a physicist at the University of Manchester, switched on some army surplus radar equipment in a […]

Browse our new 70th Anniversary gift ranges including bespoke jewellery and our first ever calendar – available exclusively at our new on line shop. To celebrate 70 years since Sir Bernard Lovell founded Jodrell  Bank in December 1945, we have produced our first ever Jodrell Bank calendar for 2016. This beautiful A3 sized calendar is […]

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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 […]

  Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is proud to announce that it is part of the exciting new Destination Space programme. Backed by the UK Space Agency, science centres across the UK have joined forces with the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake, to provide children all over the UK with a unique opportunity […]

In April this year, we were delighted to hear that we were awarded support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our ‘First Light at Jodrell Bank’ project. This is a major step forward for us in our work to conserve and celebrate the heritage of Jodrell Bank. The University is currently investing in two major […]

Today (23:06:15) is National Women in Engineering Day – a good day on which to write about our most recent ‘Girls Night Out’ at Jodrell Bank – which focused on the engineering of the Square Kilometre Array. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the world’s largest telescope – an array made up of thousands […]

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. […]