Funding boost for Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre | Knutsford Times

Funding boost for Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

By on June 10, 2018


Jodrell Bank Discovery has been awarded more than £16 million towards their £20.5 million ‘First Light’ project.

The project will create a new gallery building to celebrate and promote Jodrell Bank’s place in the history of astronomy as a world leader as well as it’s pioneering chapter in British scientific and cultural history. The new facilities will feature a new exhibition and engagement space, with the original fabric of the 1957 dish of the telescope used, an auditorium, an education hub and a new cafe.

First Light is all about connecting people through the heritage of science in innovation and will provide opportunities for people to become more involved in Jodrell Bank through education, group activities and volunteering. It will be delivered over the next three years and will create 19 new roles and increase visitors.

Part of The University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank Observatory was founded in 1945. It is the earliest radio astronomy observatory in the world still in existence and was a pioneer of the new science of radio astronomy.

Professor Teresa Anderson, director of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, said: ‘’We are thrilled we have received this generous support thanks to National Lottery players and the DCMS. This funding will transform visitor engagement with the heritage of Jodrell Bank.


Prime Minister Theresa May said: “We are committed to continuing the proud heritage Jodrell Bank represents by making the UK the world’s most innovative economy through our Modern Industrial Strategy.”

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