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
A most extraordinary coincidence: The first experiment at Jodrell Bank
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.
Apply to Take Part in our Virtual Science Clubs!
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 […]
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.
Jodrell Bank receives financial boost from Culture Recovery Fund
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.
First Light Pavilion reaches major construction milestone
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.
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.
A virtual careers fair with Kier
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?
Thank you, volunteers
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.