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Student Placements 2021

Every year we welcome students from The University of Manchester to join our team and work with us on key projects. Work placements provide a unique opportunity to enhance post-graduate study with real-world experience and are a chance for students to contribute to the Discovery Centre’s ongoing development.

This year, 3 fantastic students joined our marketing team from the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies and the MSc in Science Communication, to assist with market research and digital development relating to our First Light Project. Unusually, due to the ongoing Covid restrictions, the placements had to take place virtually but this didn’t deter their enthusiasm and commitment.

Read on to find out more about this year’s cohort and what they got up to…

Pauline Chouraki, MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies
Market Research Assistant

“Hi, I’m Pauline. I come from France, but I have lived in the UK for the past 10 years. My biggest passion is promoting live music, which I have been doing for more than 6 years. On a quieter level, I love hiking, birdwatching and of course, stargazing!

“I carried out this placement as part of my MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Manchester. Prior to this, I did a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and I then worked in the tourism industry for a few years.

“Upon completing my course, I hope to find a permanent position in the museum, heritage or wider cultural sector, with a particular interest in business development, outreach and events.

“Due to Covid restrictions, I carried out my placement as a Market Research Assistant remotely. Having never been to Jodrell Bank before, I had to immerse myself in the site through my computer screen all the while researching and identifying potential markets for it. This actually proved very thought-provoking and it often felt like detective work! It made my first visit to Jodrell Bank even more special, and I hope the many future visitors which I envisioned through my work will feel the same wonder and excitement as I did!”

Reuben Cone, MSc Science Communication
Digital Marketing Assistant

“Hi, I’m Reuben, 24, originally from Suffolk but now living and studying in Manchester. I’m an outdoorsy person having been a Scout for almost 20 years and enjoy going for walks, exploring my local area and spending time away from civilisation!

“I spent three years at Keele University studying Biology, where I realised I had a real interest in making science fun, accessible and relevant to the public. As a result I enrolled on the MSc Science Communication course at Manchester and have now come to realise how important science communication is to society – it’s everywhere! I enjoy all aspects of my studies but am hoping to pursue a career in television media and journalism.

“I’ve been helping Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre with their website and digital content as they go through a period of exciting change with the new First Light Project. I focused on ensuring they continue to celebrate the unique outdoors nature of the site especially as they slowly re-open as covid restrictions lift. In my time here I’ve learnt a lot about marketing and how it intersects with science communication as well as what it’s like to work in a professional environment with some great people. It’s been a rewarding and fun experience and I’m really excited for the future of Jodrell Bank.”

Megan Craig, MSc Science Communication
Digital Marketing Assistant

“Hi! My name is Megan, and I am a 22-year-old postgraduate student at The University of Manchester. I am originally from West Lancashire, but I have been living in Manchester for a few years. In my spare time I love ice skating, exploring the outdoors and embroidery, as well as working to improve my digital design and illustration skills too.

“Currently I am completing a masters course in Science and Health Communication having graduated with a BSc in Genetics the previous year. Throughout my degree I have been able to write and learn about a broad range of scientific and health disciplines, and I hope to continue this in the future. As I am also quite interested in digital design and content creation, finding a career that combines these two passions is my goal.

“This placement was a great opportunity to experience professional digital marketing practice. I was able to explore web design and content creation by curating the new #WatchTheSkies webpage. Working on these aspects of the placement from their foundations to completion enabled me to gain a great insight into how ideas are formulated, justified with data, proposed, and altered to suit the needs of an organisation and the skillset of the individual. Supporting JBDC as they transition through their First Light initiative has been an invaluable experience.”

We want to take this opportunity to thank Pauline, Reuben and Megan for their hard work over the last few months, we’ve loved having them on the team and and we wish them all the best in their next endeavours.

Thanks also to The Institute for Cultural Practices and The Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at The University of Manchester.

The Father’s Day Gift Guide

Its Father’s Day soon and it’s an exciting time to think about what to buy to celebrate our Dads! We’ve created the perfect gift guide to help you when it comes to choosing that special gift…

Check out our official merchandise including clothing, accessories and homeware, designed and made exclusively for Jodrell Bank, our cool greetings cards merging space science with special occasions, astronomy themed gifts, and exclusive artworks to find your perfect gift idea.

Eco-friendly shopper? Take a look at our new reusable, space-themed fabric gift wraps, so that your present is wrapped with love as well.

Everything in our guide is available to purchase online. But, don’t forget you can also pop by and visit our shop in-person. We’re open Wednesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm

 

Cards and Gift Wraps

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Stargazing Gifts

FirstScope Moon
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Astronomy Starter Pack
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2021 Guide to the Night Sky
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FirstScope Accessory Kit
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Space Themed Gifts

Astronaut Helmet Mug
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Rocket Launch Socks
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Jodrell Bank Umbrella
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All products in our Gift Guide can be purchased online in the Jodrell Bank Gift Shop. Proceeds from sales made in our shop are reinvested in to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, helping us inspire even more people with the science and stories of this internationally significant site.

Happy Father’s Day!

How to watch the Partial Solar Eclipse on Thursday 10th June

On Thursday this week (10th June) we’re treated to a special celestial event – an eclipse. Eclipses are a regular if infrequent occurrence – a natural result of the movement of the Moon around the Earth.

As the Moon orbits the Earth the three bodies line up every now and again. Because the Moon is 1/400th the Sun’s diameter and 1/400th the distance away the two objects look about the same size on the sky – by sheer fluke! This makes it possible for one to block out the other. Thursday’s eclipse is solar – the Moon is in between the Sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface.

As the Moon orbits the Earth, Earth Sun and Moon regularly line up as in the image below.

The Moon completes an orbit of the Earth around every 28 days – however the Moon’s orbit is inclined at an angle of about 5⁰ to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, which is why eclipses do not occur every month.

Above: Geometry of a solar eclipse – image from ESA

From the UK, this solar eclipse will be partial – as the Moon passes in between the Earth and Sun the three bodies won’t be lined up exactly from our viewpoint, so the Moon will cover just a small section of the Sun. Weather permitting, from the UK it will appear as below (timings are for the location of Jodrell Bank):

10.06 BST

First contact – the Moon grazes the edge of the Sun

11.13 BST

Maximum eclipse

12.25 BST

Last contact

Precise timings vary depending on your location – check out this page Solar & Lunar Eclipses Worldwide (timeanddate.com) to find the exact timings for where you are (you may see timings in the media for ‘UTC’ which is Coordinated Universal Time and can be considered as the same as GMT).

From some other parts of the world the eclipse will be ‘annular’ – this is where the Moon’s disk doesn’t entirely cover the disk of the Sun (that would be a total eclipse) but leaves a bright ring visible at the moment of maximum coverage. This happens because neither the Earth’s orbit around the Sun nor the Moon’s orbit around the Earth is exactly circular, so that the apparent sizes of the Sun and Moon vary somewhat – this means that sometimes, as in this case, the Moon can look a bit smaller in the sky and so unable to cover the Sun’s disk completely.

For more info about this week’s eclipse check out Annular Solar Eclipse on 10 June 2021 (timeanddate.com) and for a comprehensive guide plus predictions for future eclipses check out MrEclipse.com

Safe observing

Never look at the Sun directly as it can severely damage your eyes. To view the eclipse safely you can either use a pinhole viewer which is super simple to make How to View a Solar Eclipse: Make a Pinhole Projector (timeanddate.com) or – even easier – you can experiment with using things that already have holes in them such as a colander. Just line the colander up with the Sun so that it casts a shadow on the ground and move it towards or away from you until the lines are sharp – during the eclipse you will see lots of crescents as in the picture below.

Above: Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons : Steve Elliott from UK, CC BY-SA 2.0

These are fun DIY ways to observe but you can also buy special eclipse glasses which allow you to look at the Sun safely – otherwise observation should never be direct as looking at the Sun can severely damage your eyes. In previous years there have been rumours suggesting that you can look at the Sun’s reflection safely in a pool of water – this is untrue and risks eye damage.

In case of cloudy skies there will also be a live stream available here

Solar Eclipse Live Stream – June 10, 2021 (timeanddate.com)

And if you’re free on Thursday morning and fancy a bit of astronomy with your morning coffee, book a ticket to visit us at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre where, weather permitting, we will have safe observing by projecting the Sun’s image. As ever, our friendly and knowledgeable engagement team will be on hand to answer your astronomy questions.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

FREE hot drink in our Planet Cafe for National Lottery Players!

National Lottery Open Week
Saturday 5th – Sunday 13th June

It’s that time of year again, where we get to say #ThanksToYou as a national lottery player! From 5th – 13th June, we will be taking part in National Lottery Open Week by offering a FREE hot drink in our Planet Café at Jodrell Bank to all of our visitors who play the National Lottery. Simply show a recent Lottery ticket or scratch card when placing your order, sit back and enjoy on the café terrace with views of the mighty Lovell Telescope.

We were awarded £12.2m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop our ambitious new First Light Project. We’re really proud of the fantastic work that’s been done so far and so this is our chance to say thank you to National Lottery players that helped to raise the funds to make it happen. You can see how the project is coming along, and see the latest images of the new building here; we’re sure you’ll be as excited about its progress as we are!

How to claim your free hot drink…

Visit Jodrell Bank any day between Saturday 5th – Sunday 13th June, and bring along proof of having played the National Lottery -this can include a recent lottery ticket or a scratch card and it can be either a digital or paper copy, the date of purchase is not relevant. You can claim up to one free drink per person.

You can turn up on the day to visit our Planet Café and Gift Shop, but we advise booking your tickets in advance for full access to Jodrell Bank (remember, you still need to bring your lottery ticket with you). To book tickets, simply click here and choose your visiting date. You will also be asked to select a timed arrival slot to let us know what time you’ll be arriving, but once checked in you can stay for as long as you like! (up until we close of course 🙂 )

 

PLUS we have currently suspended all car parking charges, so FREE parking is available for your visit.

Book your admission tickets here

Click here for terms and conditions 

Events and Activities

To get the most out of your visit to Jodrell Bank take part in our popular events and activities that we’ll also be running during the week including:

Alien Hunt
24th April – 20th June
Included in your admission

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
24th April – 30th October
Included in your admission

Daily Telescope Talks
24th April – 20th June
Talk Times: various times throughout the day.
Included in your admission

Construction Talks
Thursdays, 20th May – 18th June
Talk Times: 11:30am and 3pm
Included in your admission

Space Craft Activities
29 May – 6th June
Included in your admission

See you soon!

6 fun things to do outside at Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank is a world-leading site of live scientific research in radio-astronomy. Because of this, it’s a designated radio-quiet zone, meaning that visitors must switch off electronic equipment including mobile phones so as not to cause interference with the telescopes in operation here.

As a result we offer visitors a unique opportunity to switch off, escape the busy day-to-day and engage with the landscape and nature of the site. As we’re outdoor-only for now due to government restrictions, we’ve come up with 6 great things you can do outside on your visit to Jodrell Bank.

1. Explore the grounds

There are over 35 acres of grounds at Jodrell Bank and the site is home to an abundance of wildlife. Explore designated wildflower areas, ponds and insect hotels.

2. Go on a Scavenger Hunt

If instead you’d rather find hairy, one-eyed aliens then consider the Alien Hunt that’s currently underway. To uncover their secret message you’ll have to search high and low to find 10 crazy aliens spread out across the site. Collect an answer sheet from the welcome desk on arrival.

3. Go on a Mission

Whilst you’re there, why not pick up a Family Mission Log to keep your little astronauts entertained. Packed full of activities to complete, this booklet will help you to make the most of your visit to Jodrell Bank.

4. Learn about the Lovell Telescope

Join one of our popular Telescope Talks, delivered by our expert Explainers. Taking place at various times throughout the day, these 20 minute talks will give you the lowdown on The Lovell Telescope’s history as well as the science involved in its discoveries.

5. Explore our outdoor exhibits

Put what you’ve learnt into action with our Outdoor Exhibits. Experience the power of the parabolic dish with our popular Whispering Dishes. Are you fast enough to make your own spinning Jupiter? Give it a go to find out!

6. Be inspired by Astrophotography

If you want to see real planets, stars and other space phenomena, check out Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition. Featuring a selection of winning entries, each photograph comes with a helpful description so you know what fascinating space object you’re looking at! (As a bonus, carry on down the Exhibition pathway to see the First Light Pavilion under construction!).

As you can see, whilst we wait for our indoor spaces to open again, there’s still plenty to do at Jodrell Bank. Whether that’s admiring the natural landscape, learning outdoors or exploring the environment; Switch off and enjoy!

Jodrell Bank Hosts TV Banquet Special

The culminating episode of The Great British Menu series 16 takes place at Jodrell Bank and is set to air on BBC Two at 8pm Friday 21st May.

For nine weeks, chefs from across the UK have been competing for the honour of representing their region in the Great British Menu final -The Banquet, where one will be crowned Champion of Champions.

Presented by Andi Oliver (pictured with judges Oliver Peyton and Matthew Fort), the series has been challenging the UK’s leading chefs to prepare dishes on the theme of Great British Science and Innovation and what better location for the final banquet than the UK’s latest UNESCO World Heritage Site and icon for British science, Jodrell Bank.

Professor Teresa Anderson, Director of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre has said “It was an honour to be asked to host the banquet in celebration of great British science and innovation. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to share the site’s unique contribution to science and to inspire new audiences with the story of Jodrell Bank.”

The famous site joins an impressive list of previous banquet venues including Abbey Road Studios, St Paul’s Cathedral, and The Royal Albert Hall.

Taking place amid the government’s Covid restrictions, the episode is also the first ever outdoor banquet where a 70-strong guest list of the UK’s leading scientists and innovators dined outdoors beneath of the mighty Lovell Telescope.

The team transformed Jodrell Bank’s Wolfson Auditorium, usually a space for public events and school workshops, into a full working kitchen. Meanwhile, an open-sided marquee was erected in the grounds and the sun shone as guests dined outside.

Teresa Anderson continues “It was a beautiful day and a real treat to be able enjoy the views of the Lovell Telescope with incredible food alongside inspirational guests”

Banquet guests included Jodrell Bank’s Professors Tim O’Brien and Teresa Anderson who joined leading scientists and science communicators from around the UK including Professor Sarah Gilbert from Oxford’s successful Covid vaccination programme and Professor Maggie Aderin-Pocock from BBC’s The Sky at Night.

Designers were represented by Thomas Heatherwick, the brains behind London’s 2012 Olympic Cauldron, and Sophie Conran. They were joined by comedian and trained engineer Phil Wang, podcast stars James Acaster and Ed Gamble, mathematician Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE and YouTube phenomenon and madcap inventor Colin Furze (pictured), who arrived on a two metre high, socially distanced bike!

The Great British Menu: The Banquet airs on BBC2 at 8pm Friday 21st May.

 

Shop our sustainable ranges for Earth Day

Its Earth Day, our annual reminder to celebrate our precious blue dot. Here at Jodrell Bank, we strive to apply sustainable practices to all our work and this includes sourcing our shop products from local and sustainable suppliers.

This Earth Day is the perfect time to explore our eco-friendly shopping offer, including amazing new reusable space-themed  accessories, fantastic gift ranges of fair trade jewellery, green science toys for science learning at home, or to enjoy the outdoors with our new Spring gardening range. There’s something for everyone!

Your purchase continues to support Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, helping us to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Promoting personal missions, emotive stories, and important causes; browse our suppliers and the amazing product ranges we offer.

Enjoy gardening and the outdoors with Seedball

Seedball is a non-profit company on a mission to help increase British wildflowers and wildlife. They believe that we can all make better use of the spaces we have available to us. Whether in the back garden, a balcony, window box, or patio this will have a hugely beneficial impact on our local ecosystems.

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Invest in ReWearable Clothing

 ReWearable Clothing aims to reduce the impacts of fast fashion and prevent clothing and other materials from going to landfill. As a family they source items locally from charity shops, jumble sales and thrift stores that they can re-work, recycle or re-sell, breathing new life into old products. Everything about their finished products is recycled or repurposed and the packaging is biodegradable.

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Learn and inspire with Green Science

Green Science from 4M produce environmentally friendly power sources that ignite children’s interests in science and the environment. Their Green Science kits demonstrate the basic principles of electricity and mechanics in a safe, fun and imaginative way, helping kids to fully understand the importance of protecting the environment around them and alternative sources of energy.

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Shop our ethical gifts from Just Trade

Just Trade products are designed and made exclusively for The University of Manchester’s cultural assets who work hand in hand with Fair Trade projects around the world. The brand collaborates with artisans based in countries such as Peru, Ecuador, India and Vietnam to create handmade jewellery and accessories.

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All products in our Gift Guide can be purchased online in the Jodrell Bank Gift Shop. Proceeds from sales made in our shop are reinvested in to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, helping us inspire even more people with the science and stories of this internationally significant site.

 Happy Earth Day!

Considerate Construction at First Light

Our incredible First Light Pavilion has come a long way in the last 12 months. Construction of this beautiful new building has been led by Kier and we’re really proud of their achievement earning a Certificate of Excellence in the Considerate Construction Scheme.

Sustainable practices are at the heart of this project and real care has been taken to protect the environment throughout the building process. Some highlights include:

  • A site materials manageement plan including waste segregation, re-use and recycling
  • Saving, storing and re-using excavation material in the building works to avoid disposal and transport off-site
  • Ecology protection including tree protection, the installation of bird and bat boxes and use of scarecrows to keep nesting away from construction areas
  • Using a local supply of ethically sourced topsoil
  • Monitored and minimised use of natual resources and carbon footprint reporting and off-setting
  • Rainwater harvesting from the site cabins for boot and tool washing
  • Donation of redundant pallets and other materials for re-use

You can see progress on the construction project here. 

Sustainability at Jodrell Bank: A long view

We have a long history of recycling and sustainable construction here at Jodrell Bank. Although in the early days this wasn’t a conscious ethical choice as it is today, but the only way of getting anything built. A post-war necessity to make do and mend.

Above: ‘Friday September 30th: The rack was lifted yesterday morning to the top of the northern tower! It’s a splendid sight and still looks big even at that height.’ From Lovell’s construction diary, 1955. Image copyright University of Manchester

In the late 1940s and 50s much of the scientific equipment on site was built by the scientists themselves, endlessly repurposing existing bits of kit with the help of mallet, soldering iron and chicken wire. Today we might call this ‘upcycling’ or ‘circular economy’, but Jodrell scientist Barrie Rowson, in an oral history interview with us, described it more practically:

‘The Green Huts were something of an institution because when you got some equipment that wouldn’t work and you decided to rebuild it again you’d dump it in the Green Huts. And the Green Huts were therefore a source of spare parts – we were a bit short of money, of course, and you couldn’t buy the components you wanted – so you’d fish around in the Green Hut and see if you could find somebody else’s chassis which you could strip down…’

Radio astronomy was a brand-new science, so there weren’t yet any purpose-built instruments, however, a huge amount of radar equipment built during the war was now surplus to requirement.  Aerials, transmitters and receivers were literally lying around in airfields and cluttering up army bases. So when Bernard Lovell enquired about borrowing some for his new venture at Jodrell Bank his old army bosses were more than happy to oblige.

Above: A folder of photographs and papers about surplus radar apparatus, sent from the RAF and Ministry of Supply to Jodrell Bank in the late 1940s, is held in the Jodrell Bank Archive at the University of Manchester Library (JBM/11/2/radar)

This apparatus was technically on loan, but Lovell and his colleagues quickly got to work disassembling and reassembling it into new forms, so in the end little could be returned in one piece. The ‘searchlight aerial’, so called because it was built on top of a searchlight base and therefore could be tilted in all directions (perfect for studying meteor showers), is a case in point. The RAF wrote to Lovell asking for it to be returned, but Lovell politely deterred them, citing the ground-breaking science that the equipment was involved in. The military never did get their searchlight back and the remains of the base are still on site today.

Above: The searchlight aerial in 1947 (left), and the remains of the searchlight base today (right), Grade II listed and part of the fabric of the Jodrell Bank World Heritage Site. Copyright University of Manchester.

But perhaps the most impressive example of this is in the Lovell telescope itself. This was the first fully purpose-built instrument on site and arguably marked the end of the make-do-and-mend era at Jodrell Bank. However, in 1951 when the telescope was being designed, raw materials were still at a premium and the cost of manufacturing so many bespoke components was prohibitive.

One such challenge was the enormous and yet high-precision gear racks required to tilt the telescope. Patrick Blackett, Lovell’s senior at the University and an ex-naval officer, pointed out that the problem was similar to controlling the gun of a battleship. Less than a month later the engineers had procured three 25ft-diameter gun turret racks from a shipbreakers yard; one from the HMS Royal Sovereign and two from the HMS Revenge. At a total cost of £1,000 this was bargain, compared to the several thousand it would have cost for them to be manufactured from scratch.  And although it would be another four years before they were finally hoisted into the streel frame of the telescope, as Lovell put it in his autobiography Astronomer by Chance; ‘they lay in and near our workshop for many years as a symbol of hope that was to be long in realisation.’    

Above: HMS Revene during the Second World War.

These components are still in the telescope today and we’re excited to be able to highlight this story in the new exhibition we’re planning for the First Light Pavilion. A section from the spare gear rack will be mounted in the exhibition hall. This huge arc of steel forged over 100 years ago, that saw service in the Battle of Jutland and played a pivotal part in the history of radio astronomy, will have another life, telling the story of sustainable construction at Jodrell Bank and providing inspiration for the challenges of today.

On This Day… 2011

On 11th April 2021, the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre celebrates its 10th birthday.

Ten years ago, we began to welcome people to Jodrell Bank, sharing the stories of its research and discovery, inspiring the scientists of the future and celebrating the creativity, hard work and determination of the people of this remarkable place.

The journey actually began back in 2006, when we embarked on the quest to understand what was needed by visitors, what was possible at the site and (last but not least) for funding to do some of these things.

Above: School pupils take part in an event for The Big Draw in our Marquee in 2008

Part of the process involved a large 200-seater marquee, which we put up in the summers of 2007-2010 and in which we tried out all sorts of things (– including talks, bouncing people’s voices off the Moon, schools programmes, exhibitions, political receptions, celebrations of a solar eclipse, inflatable planetarium shows, art and amateur astronomy….).

Some things were successful, and some were dire.

The marquee was freezing in poor weather, eventually leaked every time it rained (with puddles on the floor underneath), the sound system became an electrical risk and one night, someone stole our projector and screen…

But – we learned a lot.

We learned what people wanted to hear about and see (and what they didn’t!), what schools want from us and how to turn creative ideas into things that happen in the real world. All of this became the raw data and evidence that supported yet more ideas and proposals for our new buildings and activities.

And in 2010 – success! – we were granted £3million funding.

Just enough to create our first two buildings, the Planet Pavilion and the Space Pavilion, in which we planned to deliver Phase 1 of our programme – engagement with the world-leading scientific research Jodrell Bank.

There was a bit left for the exhibition and for a tiny bit of work in the gardens.

It took several hair-raising months to finalise the funding agreement and obtain planning permission (supported by the wonderful Sir Bernard Lovell himself, who signed a letter of support for the project that we sent in with the planning application).

Late in 2010 the work began and, in the bitterly cold temperatures of the 2010/11 winter, the last traces of the ramshackle old buildings were demolished and the new buildings took shape in the freezing fog.

Above: The Planet Pavilion under construction in early 2011. Photo credit: Ant Holloway

We finally opened on 11th April 2011, and sometimes still can’t believe it…

Now, 10 years later, Phase 2 underway – The First Light Project – which will engage people with the stories of the heritage of this amazing site.

Above: Artist’s impression of our new First Light Pavilion, due to open late 2021/ early 2022.

And at this, a staging post in the journey, we want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us, travelled alongside us, made suggestions, supported us and visited us.

We launched a new Education programme, which we have seen grow and flourish; our Events programme has matured and grown; we’ve had some amazing collaborations with broadcasters (the Stargazing Live Eclipse Special was a highlight!); wonderful Live From Jodrell Bank events; the ground-breaking bluedot festival, and of course the fantastic inscription of Jodrell Bank as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We’re looking forward to the journey with you over the next 10 years!

Teresa Anderson
11-04-21