Here at Jodrell Bank we see science as an integral part of culture.

Our own field of interest, Astronomy, has been a key part of the human experience for millennia, stretching back to Neolithic sites such as Newgrange in Ireland and Stonehenge in England; Chankillo in Peru and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

Jodrell Bank itself is underpinned by a story of great scientific achievement and discovery, intertwined with world events. On 7th July 2019, in recognition of its internationally significant heritage, science and cultural impact, Jodrell Bank Observatory was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This inscription acknowledges the site’s tremendous scientific endeavours and its role in achieving a transformational understanding of the Universe.

This part of our website explores the ways in which science and culture interact – both here at Jodrell Bank and elsewhere in the world.

New research published by UNESCO UK this week, shows that UNESCO projects can help build a greener, more equal and more peaceful world, while also creating financial value.

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.

16 April, 2020

bluedot 2020

 It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we are announcing the postponement of bluedot 2020. The diverse programme of art, science and cosmic culture, that we lovingly put together for this summer’s festival, will largely carry over to next year and all tickets will be transferred to 22-25 July 2021.

We are so excited to announce the first phase of our science line up for bluedot 2020…

In just over six months, from 23 – 26 July, we’ll welcome over 30,000 people to Jodrell Bank once again to enjoy our award-winning, star-struck festival of discovery, bluedot. In honour of the festival’s fifth anniversary, we’ve gone to infinity and beyond to find the most inspiring combination of music, cosmic culture and science, and are excited to start sharing the 2020 line up.

Last night, Jodrell Bank’s bluedot was awarded ‘Best Medium Festival’ at the UK festival Awards.

A new piece of modern art, featuring Jodrell Bank and created by world-renowned artist, David Mach RA, has been unveiled to celebrate the start of six weeks of celebrations for The National Lottery’s 25th birthday.

17 October, 2019

Vote for Jodrell Bank

We’re up for two new Awards and you can help us win by taking part in the public vote!

Jodrell Bank was awarded Special Contribution to Tourism at last night’s Marketing Cheshire Awards, in recognition of its achievement in receiving UNESCO World Heritage Site status. 

Each year we select three or four undergraduate students to come and spend two months of the summer with us. After a period of training they assist in the delivery of our programme of events for the public at Bluedot and over the school summer holidays at the Discovery Centre.