Project News

We are delighted to announce the University of Manchester has received £12.1m National Lottery Heritage Funding and £4m from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for the realisation of our First Light Project.

Over the next 3 years, we will be finalising our plans and commencing the construction of our new visitor facilities -the First Light Pavilion. The new building will be situated in our Arboretum and the majority of the site will be unaffected by the construction works.

Our team will also be planning and preparing our future programme of heritage engagement, tours of the south side, planetarium sessions and on-gallery activities. In the meantime, the Discovery Centre will continue to do what it does best -sharing the special nature of Jodrell Bank to inspire the scientists of the future.

You can keep with the progress of the project on our website here, where you can also sign up to our e-newsletter, and you’ll find more news and updates on twitter @FirstLightatJB

The impressive new First Light Pavilion is being built by Kier Construction who have written a guest blog for us about their recent ‘virtual careers fair’…

Sir Bernard Lovell’s ‘giant paraboloid’ was originally proposed in 1951 and complete by 1957. Why did it take so long to build?

This week marks Volunteers Week and we want to send a huge thank you to all the volunteers and voluntary organisations that support us here at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. 

Lovell wartime distinction is less well known that his work in radio astronomy, but as the UK celebrates VE Day, we’re highlighting Lovell’s work developing the H2S airborne radar system, which greatly improved the Royal Air Force’s bombing accuracy and proved decisive in the outcome of the second world war.

World War II rationing, which continued in some form until 1954, impacted the entire country – housewives and radio astronomers alike….

18th April is World Heritage Day, and as the UK’s newest World Heritage Site, this is a good opportunity for us to reflect on our new status. This year’s theme is Shared Heritage.

27 March, 2020

From the Archives…

A key part of our First Light Project is about bringing the story of Jodrell Bank to life through our archives. In this series, we share what we’ve discovered…

2 March, 2020

Gardens Update

Despite the challenging weather conditions over the last few months we’ve had a busy time in the gardens here at Jodrell Bank and have enjoyed some wonderful seasonal highlights along the way.

As part of developing our heritage skills and practices the Engagement Team headed into the city to spend a day at the inspiring John Rylands Library

16 January, 2020

And We’re Off!

After almost 11 years work, it has been emotional, this week, to see the construction team arriving here on site at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, to begin work on our new First Light Pavilion.