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.
Cheshire Orchard Project
Our orchard is laden with fruit for the first time in a few years after some restorative pruning, feeding and pollination from our honeybees. The apple trees were planted as part of the Cheshire Orchard Project with the support of the Cheshire Landscape Trust in winter 1999/2000 to promote the use of locally bred fruit varieties. […]
‘House by Jodrell’, a poem by Alan Garner
Tomorrow evening we will open our new Star Pavilion with the inauguration of the Garner Lectures – a programme that will explore the ways that science interacts with culture. The inaugural Lecture itself will be given by Alan Garner, the writer who has lent his name to the series. Alan lives very close to our […]
The Garner Lectures – Exploring Science and Culture
At Jodrell Bank, the boundary between Science and Culture barely exists. In fact, it’s hard to find someone who works here who recognises the two as separate areas. Since the Lovell Telescope carried out its first scientific act – tracking the carrier rocket of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 – the site has […]
Science meets fiction
Comma Press had published a series of ‘real’ science fiction anthologies, and I’ve been lucky enough to contribute to all of them so far. The editor at Comma Press, Ra Page, did a physics and philosophy degree, and then an MA in English literature, so he has a brain hemisphere in each area, and fuses […]
Our five minutes (and more) of fame…
TV programmes Jodrell Bank often features in factual TV programmes. In addition to hosting the popular BBC2 series of Stargazing Live, it has also featured recently in programmes such as Jim Alkhalili’s BBC series Light and Dark . Jodrell Bank has often been home to many items in the popular ‘Sky at Night’ series (e.g. […]
The Galaxy Garden – Science and Design
I arrived here at Jodrell in 2011, just after the completion of the UK’s first Galaxy Garden designed by TV gardener Chris Beardshaw. In conversations with Chris I learnt how he’d worked in collaboration with Professor Tim O’Brien to create a garden that would show the journey of our Universe from the Big Bang 14 […]
Wonder: a Scientific Oratorio
All composers have a touch of the megalomaniac about them – it comes of believing they are thinking up new “sound-worlds” all the time. So when I got the opportunity to work with Jodrell Bank astronomers on a piece which tried to portray the creation of the universe, I jumped at the chance. In […]