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

11 April, 2021

On This Day… 2011

On 11th April 2021, the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre celebrates its 10th birthday.

5th – 14th March is British Science Week and we’re celebrating with 10 days of Science! From stargazing and climate science to the inspirational stories of Jodrell Bank. Celebrate and explore with us…

Since the momentous concrete pour that created the unique domed roof took place in October last year, the First Light Pavilion has really started to take shape and we’re delighted to be able to share some of the first images from inside.

The first scientific experiment at Jodrell Bank took place 75 years ago; from an army radar trailer, on a damp and icy Friday afternoon on the 14th December 1945.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is taking part in Operation Earth 2 and we’re looking for primary schools or other organisations to help us run a series of virtual science clubs! Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and supported by the Association of Science and Discovery Centres, Operation Earth aims to engage children and their […]

18 November, 2020

We’re Recruiting!

Looking for an exciting new role? Want to share your passion for science with others? It’s a great time to join the award-winning Jodrell Bank Engagement Team.

We’re thrilled to announce today that we have received £125,600 from the Culture Recovery Fund to support us through the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A major construction milestone was reached last week as our new First Light Pavilion saw its impressive concrete dome roof installed.

Meteor showers, and in particular the August Perseids, have a special place in the history of Jodrell Bank. The 1946 shower marked the start of Jodrell Bank becoming an astronomical observatory, and Bernard Lovell becoming an astronomer.

21 July, 2020

Comet NEOWISE

Look out for comet NEOWISE in the northwest sky after dusk. The comet will reach its closest point to Earth this week, 23rd July when it will be 64 million miles (103 million km) away.