First Light Pavilion Wins Again

Posted 26 Apr, 2023

image Ant Holloway

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.’

image Hufton and Crow

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.

image Andrew Brooks

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