We’re delighted to announce that our spectacular new First Light Pavilion and permanent exhibition gallery, which opened in June 2022, has continued to win awards since its launch.
Civic Trust Awards 2023
We were honoured to be awarded top honours at the prestigious Civic Trust Awards ceremony in London on 31st March, for the architecture of the building itself.
The Pavilion, which sits under a grass-covered dome, is oriented due south, with a ‘meridian line’ window set in its façade, which acts like an internal sundial inside the building entrance hall. The dome size is the same as the diameter of the dish of the iconic Lovell Telescope (76metres).
The judges said:
‘A wonderful project, ambitiously created and beautifully delivered. It manages to complement the mighty and instantly recognisable landmark of the Lovell Telescope and offer a scientific experience accessible to all.’
And the good news doesn’t stop there…
British Society for the History of Science
Inside the First Light Pavilion, our new permanent exhibition ‘The Story of Jodrell Bank’ was awarded the ‘Exhibiting Excellence’ Large Exhibition prize by the British Society for the History of Science.
This prize recognises excellence in public exhibitions that address topics in the history of science, history of technology or history of medicine.
The judges praised the way that the exhibition had worked with existing projects, such as the Tactile Universe, that provide accessible science communication. They said that the exhibition structure of short ‘chapters’ offered visitors a range of different ways to engage with the stories being told. In particular, they praised the integration of the panels of the original surface of the Lovell Telescope into the exhibition, and the way that the architecture of the building itself was also used to express the narrative.
We are proud to nurture a strong team, with many making their careers at Jodrell, and others passing through as they define their future. From a semi-professional footballer to cabin crew, we have an invaluable team of staff that work around their other jobs, hobbies, school or University, and if you've been to see us, you'll have met some of them.
As we mark its first birthday this month, we celebrate the tremendous achievements of this architectural masterpiece that has welcomed over 100,000 people and won numerous well-deserved accolades in the process.