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
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…
Engaging with heritage at the John Rylands Library
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
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.
Learning and Enrichment Award for Jodrell Bank
We’re thrilled to announce that Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre was awarded Excellence in Learning and Enrichment at the Family Traveller Awards this week!
25 years of The National Lottery
A new piece of modern art, featuring Jodrell Bank and created by world-renowned artist, David Mach RA, has been unveiled to celebrate the start of six weeks of celebrations for The National Lottery’s 25th birthday.
FREE Admission for National Lottery Players!
Thank You Week is back! From 25 November – 1 December, we will be taking part in the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s #ThanksToYou campaign by offering FREE ADMISSION* to all our visitors who play the National Lottery.
Lovell Telescope back in Action!
After a long period of maintenance work, the Lovell Telescope is back in action!
Since the spring of 2018, a number of tasks have been undertaken on the Telescope including painting, steelwork repairs, and a major project to fully replace the original 1957 Telescope surface.
Summer interns at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
Each year we select three or four undergraduate students to come and spend two months of the summer with us. After a period of training they assist in the delivery of our programme of events for the public at Bluedot and over the school summer holidays at the Discovery Centre.
New Season of Events at Jodrell Bank
We’re delighted to announce a new programme of events and activities for Autumn/Winter, all designed to delight and inspire!
Our #CaptureTheMoon challenge, which celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, called for people to take photos of the moon and share their memories of watching the the Moon landing at Jodrell Bank. This prompted many to get in touch and tell us that they were indeed here on that momentous day. John Lill and Dave Edwards have been kind enough to share their memories of that night with our Heritage Officer, Hannah Niblett.