The Jodrell Bank Observatory is a very special place. It is one of the most significant places, worldwide, that played a role in the development of the new science of Radio Astronomy and in 2019 it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in recognition of its global significance.

2020 marks 75 years since Sir Bernard Lovell first began scanning the skies from Jodrell Bank and we’re working on our brand new First Light Project, a stunning building in which we can begin to engage the public with the pioneering history of this incredible site.

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. 

Our #CaptureTheMoon challenge, which celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, called for people to take photos of the moon and share their memories of watching the the Moon landing at Jodrell Bank. This prompted many to get in touch and tell us that they were indeed here on that momentous day. John Lill and Dave Edwards have been kind enough to share their memories of that night with our Heritage Officer, Hannah Niblett.

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.

As we start gathering our papers and presentations and think about packing for our journey to Baku for the World Heritage Committee meeting later this week, we thought we’d share some of our wrestling with our conscience prior to our decision to go…

Early in July this year, we are off to Baku to attend the 2019 World Heritage Committee meeting – because this year, in July, in Baku, the World Heritage Committee will formally consider the nomination of Jodrell Bank for inscription on the World Heritage list.

We are delighted to announce that Hannah Niblett has joined the team here at Jodrell Bank as our new Heritage Officer. Hannah will be helping to deliver our First Light at Jodrell Bank project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and developing ways of preserving and interpreting Jodrell Bank’s inspirational heritage.

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 […]

We’re thrilled to announce that work on our highly anticipated First Light Project will begin later this month with preparatory landscaping taking place in the gardens of Jodrell Bank.

Moon Landing 50th will run throughout 2019 and is set to include a wealth of events and activities to engage our visitors and communities with this important anniversary.