The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre has a broad remit of enhancing public engagement with our research, combined with providing out-of-classroom education aimed at inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.
It attracts around 125,000 visitors each year including 15,000 schoolchildren on educational programmes.
Current exhibits highlight our research, including the work of the Lovell Telescope, pulsars, e-MERLIN, the CMB, black holes, gravitational lensing, stars, and the search for life. Our researchers work closely with the Centre in sessions such as the daily Meet an Astronomer during school holidays, and in the series of public Lovell Lectures which are held quarterly.
The Discovery Centre won Cheshire Tourism Attraction of the Year in 2012.
The Jodcast is a twice-monthly podcast which has been produced since 2006 by a team primarily composed of research students. The show features news, interviews with our researchers and others, and audience Q&A.
There have been more than 170 episodes and special programmes, including reports from National Astronomy Meetings and occasional video episodes. The shows are regularly downloaded by well over 4,000 listeners.
Live from Jodrell Bank
Each summer the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre organise the Live from Jodrell Bank music and science festivals. Headline acts have included The Flaming Lips, Elbow, New Order, Sigur Ros and the Halle Orchestra.
In addition to the music, there is a Science Arena which includes exhibitions and talks from our researchers as well as others from the UK community, including STFC, the Institute of Physics, RCUK and the Wellcome Trust.
Live From Jodrell Bank 2011 was awarded Best Outdoor Event at the national Event Awards, and the 2012 event received an award for Extreme Creativity from a panel of industry judges at the UK Festival Awards for its extra activity of integrating science into the music event.
Resources for the public
The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics provides resources for the public.
The Night Sky This Month gives a what's on guide to astronomical events occurring in the sky this month. We also provide information on the ways in which you can observe the night sky.
A range of multimedia content covering images, videos, and podcasts, as well as live feeds showing the current observing positions of our telescopes.
The Earth and Beyond section of the Children's University of Manchester website includes a range of interactives designed to teach basic astronomy concepts including day and night, the planets, and phases of the Moon.
We have a work experience programme based at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. The programme is aimed at first year A-level students (Year 12) and runs twice a year for a week a time.
See the work experience page for more information.