Why Support Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre?

Thank you for considering supporting Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. Since opening in 2011, we’ve welcomed over 1.3million people through our doors. By supporting us, you help keep Jodrell Bank open to all and a great place for everyone to visit and explore. Any donation, large or small can have an extraordinary impact on our work, especially as we navigate our way through this period of uncertainty.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is driven by a mission to protect, share and celebrate this internationally significant site by:

Open to all

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre provides the public with a unique window on to the world-famous Observatory and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jodrell Bank is an incredible place of ground-breaking scientific research and the Discovery Centre allows visitors to get up close to its inspiring science and stories.

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Providing opportunities

The Discovery Centre provides a wealth of opportunities for its many communities. Whether it’s volunteering in our gardens, having a platform from which to share your latest research findings, or learning about public engagement as part of a student internship programme, we offer a wealth of opportunity for people to engage with Jodrell Bank.

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Increasing public engagement 

The Discovery Centre offers a year-round programme of events and activities to engage people with the science and heritage of this important site. From our award winning festival, bluedot, to stargazing nights, live science shows, and evening lectures to our popular Girls Night Out for women and girls in STEM, there’s something to inspire everyone and anyone.

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Inspiring the scientists of the future

Every year, we welcome over 25,000 school children on educational trips to Jodrell Bank. Our education programme is highly regarded by teachers and offers pupils from age 4-18 the chance to learn about science at a truly unique setting. Even more pupils are inspired through our outreach programme which widens participation amongst children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Our current projects

First Light at Jodrell Bank

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the First Light Project will conserve and restore the heritage of Jodrell Bank and create a spectacular new interpretation space in which visitors can engage with and learn about the site’s fantastic stories, amazing feats of post-war engineering, and the creation of the Grade-1 listed Lovell Telescope.

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Science Learning at Home

We launched Science Learning at Home just two days after closing in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We recognised that we deliver an important programme of educational services and engagement opportunities for a wide range of people and communities. Science Learning at Home allows us to continue this great work by sharing a wealth of learning resources and activities through our website.

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Community Tickets Scheme

Every year, we offer a number of free tickets to those that, for whatever reason, are unable to afford to visit us. In the last year, our Community Tickets Scheme has given around 500 people from disadvantaged backgrounds, the opportunity to visit, explore and enjoy Jodrell Bank. Community Tickets are distributed through our trusted parters including Tempo, New Leaf and Wood Street Mission.

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