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.
Vote for Jodrell Bank
We’re up for two new Awards and you can help us win by taking part in the public vote!
Special Contribution Award for Jodrell Bank
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.
Summer interns at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
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.
That was bluedot 2019!
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.
Get Set for the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge!
We’ve teamed up with Cheshire East libraries to help them celebrate the 20th annual Summer Reading Challenge which begins on Saturday 6 July.
Revealed: Site Map and Stages for bluedot 2019
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.