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

Jodrell Bank Observatory has been chosen as the UK’s nomination for World Heritage site status in 2019, Heritage Minister Michael Ellis announced today. The Observatory, part of the University of Manchester, is home to the Grade I Listed Lovell Telescope and is a site of global importance in the history of radio astronomy. Founded in 1945, […]

We were delighted to hear on Wednesday that the Discovery Centre was awarded £4m in the Autumn Statement to go towards our First Light Project. This fantastic news provides the final piece in the jigsaw that will enable us to move ahead with our exciting and ambitious plans for the development at Jodrell Bank. Subject to the […]

From 11 – 17 December, we will be taking part in the Heritage Lottery Fund’s #ThanksToYou promotion by offering FREE ADMISSION to all visitors who play the National Lottery. We’ll be joining over 350 other venues in this nation-wide campaign to demonstrate the impact of lottery funding. -Without National Lottery players, the £7.7billion of funding awarded to more […]

Garden Volunteer Day – 27 September Restoring the Jodrell Bank Fern Collection with the British Pteridological Society Our monthly Garden Volunteer Day took a ferny turn in September when experts from the British Pteridological Society joined our regular volunteers to help renovate the Jodrell Bank Fern Collection. Our first task was to uncover some of the […]

As we tell everyone the news that Jodrell Bank is going forward for nomination as a World Heritage Site early in 2018, this is a good time to take a step back from it all and reflect on the journey that has brought us to this point. To be honest, back in 2010, when the […]

  From Monday 4th to Friday 8th September, Jodrell Bank Observatory is hosting the 337th IAU Symposium meeting at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. As well as the 60th anniversary of the Lovell Telescope, the year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of pulsars – which are rapidly rotating neutron stars, the remnants […]

Bring all the family to Jodrell Bank this summer and join us as we celebrate 60 years of the giant Lovell Telescope. Standing tall on the Cheshire landscape since 1957, the impressive near 90m high radio telescope has become a familiar sight for many of us. But it’s not just a local landmark -The Lovell Telescope has international significance […]

Our new gardens volunteering scheme is now in full swing and this month the team had a fantastic session creating a willow tunnel in the spring sunshine. There are 35 acres of gardens and arboretum at Jodrell Bank and the monthly volunteering days involve gardening, wildlife and woodland management. The scheme helps to maintain and […]

We were delighted to welcome the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, Andrew Percy MP (Member for Brigg and Goole) to Jodrell Bank last week. Welcomed by the University of Manchester’s Deputy President and Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Colin Bailey and David Rutley MP (Member for Macclesfield), Percy was accompanied by senior Jodrell Bank staff members. […]

In early October 2016, three members of the Jodrell Bank Discovery team – education team leaders Julia and Jamie and Heritage Officer Liz – travelled down to Oldland Common, near Bristol, to assist with preparations for a blue plaque on the childhood home of founder and first director of Jodrell Bank observatory, Bernard Lovell. We […]