Archive Portal

Jodrell Bank has a hugely significant history. Documents, photos, film and audio material from our history are cared for by many archives and collections around the UK and beyond.

The Jodrell Bank Archive

Jodrell Bank Observatory Archive
at the University of Manchester Special Collections

Jodrell Bank’s official archive is held at the University of Manchester Library.

It is a fascinating and extensive record of the development, operation and administration of the Observatory from the late 1940s. The majority of the material was donated by Sir Bernard Lovell, founder and director of the Observatory until 1981, and as a result it reflects his directorship. However, the archive is growing with new material unearthed on site at Jodrell.

Find out more about the archive here.

You can also browse Jodrell’s Pulsar Logbooks online and read Bernard Lovell’s diary from his controversial 1963 trip to Russia.

Learn more about the internationally important Special Collections at the University of Manchester and how to access them.

Other Archives and Collections

Watch The Inquisitive Giant (1957), held by BFI Player

Bernard Lovell’s diaries and interviews, held by The Imperial War Museum

William Young’s photos of Jodrell Bank, 1958-1961

National Radio Astronomy Observatory Archives

British Pathé

The Royal Society Library and Archives.

Web of Stories

British Library Voices of Science