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

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.

We’re thrilled to announce that Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre was awarded Excellence in Learning and Enrichment at the Family Traveller Awards this week!

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.

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.

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.