We are delighted to announce the University of Manchester has received £12.1m National Lottery Heritage Funding and £4m from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for the realisation of our First Light Project.
Over the next 3 years, we will be finalising our plans and commencing the construction of our new visitor facilities -the First Light Pavilion. The new building will be situated in our Arboretum and the majority of the site will be unaffected by the construction works.
Our team will also be planning and preparing our future programme of heritage engagement, tours of the south side, planetarium sessions and on-gallery activities. In the meantime, the Discovery Centre will continue to do what it does best -sharing the special nature of Jodrell Bank to inspire the scientists of the future.
You can keep with the progress of the project on our website here, where you can also sign up to our e-newsletter, and you’ll find more news and updates on twitter @FirstLightatJB
First Light Pavilion reaches major construction milestone
A major construction milestone was reached last week as our new First Light Pavilion saw its impressive concrete dome roof installed.
Meteor showers, and in particular the August Perseids, have a special place in the history of Jodrell Bank. The 1946 shower marked the start of Jodrell Bank becoming an astronomical observatory, and Bernard Lovell becoming an astronomer.
Look out for comet NEOWISE in the northwest sky after dusk. The comet will reach its closest point to Earth this week, 23rd July when it will be 64 million miles (103 million km) away.
A virtual careers fair with Kier
The impressive new First Light Pavilion is being built by Kier Construction who have written a guest blog for us about their recent ‘virtual careers fair’…
Sir Bernard Lovell’s ‘giant paraboloid’ was originally proposed in 1951 and complete by 1957. Why did it take so long to build?
Thank you, volunteers
This week marks Volunteers Week and we want to send a huge thank you to all the volunteers and voluntary organisations that support us here at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.
Lovell wartime distinction is less well known that his work in radio astronomy, but as the UK celebrates VE Day, we’re highlighting Lovell’s work developing the H2S airborne radar system, which greatly improved the Royal Air Force’s bombing accuracy and proved decisive in the outcome of the second world war.
World War II rationing, which continued in some form until 1954, impacted the entire country – housewives and radio astronomers alike….
Jodrell and Cambridge: A shared radio astronomical heritage
18th April is World Heritage Day, and as the UK’s newest World Heritage Site, this is a good opportunity for us to reflect on our new status. This year’s theme is Shared Heritage.
From the Archives…
A key part of our First Light Project is about bringing the story of Jodrell Bank to life through our archives. In this series, we share what we’ve discovered…