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

We’re thrilled to announce that our beautiful First Light Pavilion was awarded for Innovation and Project of the Year at the North West Regional Construction Awards this week.

19 November, 2021

Making Space for Autism

Here at Jodrell Bank, we’re committed to providing everyone with an inspirational experience and ensuring that every visitor is able to fully engage with the science and stories of this internationally significant site. 

In the Spring of 2021, The Cheshire Federation of WIs set out a challenge for their local branches. The brief was to knit a series of 6ft scarves to be donated to a charity of their choice. But that’s not all -the number of scarves knitted should relate to a notable landmark, monument, or point of interest…

Our First Light volunteering program will offer members of the community new ways to lend their support and directly involve themselves within the site.

This summer, 50 of Cheshire’s young carers visited Jodrell Bank for free thanks to supporters of our Community Tickets scheme.

Our First Light Pavilion is nearly complete – the building at least, there is still an exhibition to create! – and we are starting to see the ideas that we talked about, well over 10 years ago, become real….

Every year we welcome students from The University of Manchester to join our team and work with us on key projects. Work placements provide a unique opportunity to enhance post-graduate study with real-world experience and are a chance for students to contribute to the Discovery Centre’s ongoing development.

It’s that time of year again, where we get to say #ThanksToYou as a national lottery player! From 5 – 13 June, we will be taking part in National Lottery Open Week by offering a FREE  hot drink in our Planet Café to all of our visitors who play the National Lottery.

Our incredible First Light Pavilion has come a long way in the last 12 months. Construction of this beautiful new building has been led by Kier and we’re really proud of their achievement earning a Certificate of Excellence in Considerate Construction Scheme.

We have a long history of recycling and sustainable construction here at Jodrell Bank. Although in the early days this wasn’t a conscious ethical choice as it is today, but the only way of getting anything built. A post-war necessity to make do and mend.