Science Show: The Science of a World Heritage Site at Jodrell Bank

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Debbie Cowley, Families Editor
A Celestial body in the night sky. Part of the Science show at jodrell bank.
Image courtesy of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Science Show: The science of a World Heritage Site at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, 30 November–1 December 2019, free entry - Find Out More

Jodrell Bank invites your whole family to discover more about this fascinating place in their ‘Science Show: The science of a World Heritage Site‘. As the astronomical research centre of the University of Manchester, the site is a world leader. The Centre sits 20 miles south of Manchester, in Macclesfield and in July of this year it became a World Heritage site.

To celebrate their new status Jodrell Bank are taking part in the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s #ThanksToYou celebrations. From 25th November – 1st December, admission to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre will be free to National Lottery Players to say thanks for helping them raise the funds for their First Light Project.

Jodrell Bank telescope pointed up to the sky. It's story will be explored in the science show
Lovell Telescope

Being awarded World Heritage status was a huge achievement for the site and is a high accolade indeed. It is awarded by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), to cultural and/or natural sites considered to be of ‘Outstanding Universal Value’, with the aim to protect and preserve such sites. It is a status that brings with it responsibilities and international scrutiny, as well as profile and support.

The list of World Heritage sites is wonderfully diverse and what makes it truly exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites are considered to belong to everyone in the world, irrespective of the country in which they are located. Completed in 1957, this enormous telescope is a deserving addition to the list. It was a hugely ambitious project, conceived by Sir Bernard Lovell, and has become instrumental to our understanding of the universe. Since it’s conception it has inspired generations of schoolchildren to pursue careers in science and engineering.

This fun and interactive, family friendly science show lasts 30 – 40 minutes and explores some of the many important moments in the site’s history, which make it such an important place.

The show will run three times a day from 30th November to 1st December, at 11am, 12pm and 2pm. It is recommended for adults and children aged 7+.

Science Show: The science of a World Heritage Site at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

30 November–1 December 2019
Free entry

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