Special Event: A-level History ‘Cold War Day’

We are holding a ‘Cold War Masterclass Day’ for A-level history students on 26th January 2018.


The Jodrell Bank site is rich in heritage. The story of radio astronomy here began in 1945 when Sir Bernard Lovell first arrived on site, and the giant Lovell telescope has been in operation since 1957. The first job of the Lovell telescope was to track the Soviet rocket which launched Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, into space. The telescope was subsequently used throughout the Space Race, to track both American and Soviet spacecraft.

This special event combines taster lectures outlining the US and Soviet perspective on the Cold War, delivered by lecturers from the University of Manchester’s Department of History, followed by an interactive workshop in which students delve into source materials to explore the Jodrell Bank Observatory’s role during this time. For more information, including how to book, please see below.

Description of the day

This event will be held at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Cheshire (see getting here).

It is a joint event co-delivered by the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, and the Department of History at the University of Manchester.

The day includes two 45 minute lectures on the Cold War, delivered by lecturers from the Department of History, followed by an interactive workshop, in which students analyse historical sources.

The timetable for the day runs from 10:00am until 2:00pm. You can download the full programme here.

Although scheduled activities finish at 2pm, you are welcome to stay for longer to explore the exhibitions at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

You can read a report on our 2016 Cold War Day on the history department’s blog.

How to book

This event is open to A-level history students only.

Bookings for this event are coordinated by our colleagues at the Department of History. If you have any queries, please email Sonja Bernhard (School Outreach Officer, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures).

Bookings are welcomed from individual students, as well as group bookings by teachers.

Please note places at this event are limited. To request a place, please complete one of the following forms:

You will be informed whether your booking has been accepted or not. If the event is fully booked, you will be placed on a waiting list.

Should you need to cancel your places – please email Sonja Bernhard with as much notice as possible, so we can offer your places to others.

Note for students booking individually: Please note the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is in a rural location, not directly accessible by public transport. The Department of History has arranged a shuttle bus to and from the event, which will go from Macclesfield train station. This shuttle bus is free of charge, however students are responsible for their own travel to and from Macclesfield train station. This service is not available for groups of students coming as part of a school/college, and is only for students attending as individual bookings.