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.

After a two year hiatus, the much-loved bluedot festival is set to return to Jodrell Bank on 21-24 July 2022 and the team have today announced an unmissable Björk performance as the Sunday night headline act.

6 April, 2021

Bluedot: An Update

21-24 July 2022 will now be the next date for bluedot, our annual festival of discovery here at Jodrell Bank. This means that our planned dates for the festival in 2021 will no longer be taking place.

5th – 14th March is British Science Week and we’re celebrating with 10 days of Science! From stargazing and climate science to the inspirational stories of Jodrell Bank. Celebrate and explore with us…

We’re thrilled to announce today that we have received £125,600 from the Culture Recovery Fund to support us through the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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.

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…