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.

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In April this year, we were delighted to hear that we were awarded support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our ‘First Light at Jodrell Bank’ project. This is a major step forward for us in our work to conserve and celebrate the heritage of Jodrell Bank. The University is currently investing in two major […]

The Mark I Telescope at Jodrell Bank (now the Lovell Telescope) as it looked after completion in 1957.   11th October I’ve seen a few tweets today stating something along the lines of “On this day, 1957, the largest radio telescope in the world was switched on at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.” I don’t know […]