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.
Art meets Science at bluedot 2018
This year’s bluedot (19-22 July) has an incredible line-up and the arts and culture programming is bigger than ever.
The Blue Planet in Concert
The award winning bluedot festival will be opening in just three weeks time with Blue Planet in Concert, performed by the Hallé Orchestra on Thursday 19th July. The event kicks off a brand new family four-day format for the festival and promises to be a night to remember.
Practical Action is Bluedot’s Charity Partner.
We’re thrilled to have Practical Action on board once again as one of bluedot’s official charity partners for 2018.
Family Fun at Bluedot
With half term nearly over and under 7 weeks to go till the return of our award-winning festival bluedot (19-22 July), now’s the perfect time for families to start planning their trip.
Funding confirmed for First Light at Jodrell Bank
We are absolutely thrilled to be able to announce today our £20.5m transformative First Light at Jodrell Bank project is set to receive a total of £16.1m from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Day Tickets now on sale for Bluedot
With just a few months to go till the third outing of our award-winning festival of discovery, we’re very excited to announce that Day Tickets for the 2018 bluedot festival are now on sale.
The multi award-winning festival, which returns to Jodrell Bank from 19- 22 July, will host more than 50 talks from leading scientists and thinkers including Richard Dawkins, Jim Al-Khalili, Dallas Campbell, Alice Roberts, Libby Jackson, and Dave Goulson.
Jodrell Bank Observatory has been chosen as the UK’s nomination for World Heritage site status in 2019, Heritage Minister Michael Ellis announced today. The Observatory, part of the University of Manchester, is home to the Grade I Listed Lovell Telescope and is a site of global importance in the history of radio astronomy. Founded in 1945, […]
Bluedot Headline Acts Announced
It’s an exciting day for us here at Jodrell Bank as headline acts for the 2018 bluedot festival are announced. Having quickly established itself as a standout science festival, this unique celebration of culture, music, science and discovery continues to inspire and is set to return once again on 19-22 July. Another stellar music line-up, this […]
That was Bluedot 2017!
From 7th – 9th July, Jodrell Bank welcomed thousands of festival goers to Bluedot, our annual celebration of science, discovery, live music, and cosmic culture. The award-winning festival was back for its second outing with a packed programme of exhibits, talks, experiments, live performances and artistic interventions. It was a truly mind-expanding and inspiring weekend and […]