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.

This year’s festival took place on the 50th anniversary of the legendary Apollo 11 mission that landed the first humans on the Moon and a host of big name music acts and inspirational scientists and thinkers celebrated with us in style under the giant Lovell Telescope. 

As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, we’ve been looking back at what was happening at Jodrell Bank on 20th and 21st of July 1969.

We arrived in Baku (capital of Azerbaijan) on Thursday and spent a lot of Friday finding our feet. The World Heritage Committee meeting is being held in the Baku Congress Centre, one of the city’s many dramatic and flamboyant buildings.

We’ve teamed up with Cheshire East libraries to help them celebrate the 20th annual Summer Reading Challenge which begins on Saturday 6 July.

bluedot is evolving…We’re introducing brand new areas at this year’s festival, including Tranquillity Base, the new home to Mission Control and Contact, both now three times bigger!

On 15th June, 1979, Joy Division released their debut studio album Unknown Pleasures. The iconic cover art, designed by Peter Saville, featured signals from the first pulsar CP1919.Today, to mark the 40th anniversary of the release, the team at Jodrell Bank made this observation of that same pulsar.

Our annual festival of discovery, bluedot is set to return from 18 – 21 July, coinciding exactly with the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1969 Moon landing. In celebration of this extraordinary moment, and to mark Jodrell Bank’s important role in the historic mission, projection mapping artists Illuminos will present ‘Lunar Loops’, transforming the Lovell Telescope with an incredible visual representation of archive materials from the Apollo 11 mission.

The countdown to bluedot began a while ago, and with suspense building, there’s 8 weeks to go till the return of our award-winning festival bluedot (18-21 July), so now’s the perfect time for families to start planning their trip.

Designed by the award-winning TV gardener Chris Beardshaw, in collaboration with Jodrell Bank’s Professor Tim O’Brien, the Galaxy Garden has been a real highlight of the Jodrell Bank gardens for the last 7 years.

This summer’s bluedot festival falls on the 50th anniversary of the historic 1969 Moon Landing and we’re thrilled to announce the first phase of our mind-blowing Moon-themed line-up! Taking place 18-21 July 2019 our multi award-winning festival will bring a summer of celebrations honouring the moment humankind stepped foot on another celestial body and celebrating Jodrell Bank’s unique […]