Jodrell Bank, the earliest radio astronomy observatory in the world, has been awarded £4 million towards a central part of its UNESCO World Heritage Site bid in the HM Treasury’s Autumn Statement.
The Jodrell Bank Observatory is the earliest radio astronomy observatory in the world still in existence. It is now the one remaining site, worldwide, that includes evidence of every stage of the post-1945 emergence of radio astronomy.
The UK Government funding will go towards the First Light project – a new gallery that will allow people to discover the fascinating history and inspiring stories of Jodrell Bank Observatory. The project will help support the site’s bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Professor Teresa Anderson, Director of the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, said:
“This is fantastic news and provides the final piece in the jigsaw to enable us to move ahead with this very exciting project. We are very grateful to all our funders for their support and are looking forward to creating something very special to celebrate the history of this unique place.”
The £4 million grant completes the fundraising for the project and sits alongside an offer of £12 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, in addition to further support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation, the Denise Coates Foundation, the University of Manchester Alumni and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
For more information, see the Jodrell Bank website.