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Jodrell Bank Observatory World Heritage Site: Science Learning at Home from the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

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Jodrell Bank Observatory World Heritage Site: Science Learning at Home from the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

PUBLISHED 25 JUNE 2020

This case study is featured as part of a number of examples relating to the National Value of UNESCO to the UK report

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Jodrell Bank Observatory is the UK’s latest and 32nd UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an icon for British science and engineering.

For the last 75 years, the pioneering scientists and researchers at this globally significant site have been at the forefront of humanity’s quest for understanding, and at the heart of ground-breaking discoveries and world-leading research.

Jodrell Bank is also a national centre for excellence in public engagement and its multi-award winning Discovery Centre prides itself on delivering an important programme of educational services and participatory opportunities to a wide range of people and communities.

Through the Discovery Centre’s commitment to inspire others with the science and stories of this important site, they were able to launch a brand new programme of online engagement within just two days of closing. The result is Science Learning at Home, a virtual hub of online resources, activities, challenges and engagement opportunities available for all ages.

They have seen over 70,000 page views on their website since launch and nearly 20,000 engagements on social media. Themes range from Stargazing to World Heritage, content from talks and lectures to hands-on worksheets, and activities from photography challenges to Citizen Science projects. They continue to grow Science Learning at Home, creating and releasing new materials on a regular basis.

These have been unprecedented times, but innovation and public engagement is, and always has been, the Jodrell Bank way and they have embraced the opportunity to pioneer new approaches.

This case study is featured as part of a number of examples relating to the National Value of UNESCO to the UK report  

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The National Value Report seeks to capture the economic and wider intangible value of the UK network of UNESCO designations. It finds that the network is adding significant value to our economy and society and recommends how this value can be enhanced.

The National Value of UNESCO Designations to the United Kingdom Report shows how UNESCO is bringing sites, people and communities together, and creating and delivering value for the United Kingdom. It finds that the vibrant network of UNESCO sites in the UK, its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are contributing in three main areas: they contribute financial value, they make a rich and creative contribution to the UK’s environment, culture and communities and contribute to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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The 2020 National Value for UNESCO to the UK Report & Programme Case Studies

The case studies that form this series illustrate the benefits to the UK that are contributed by the vibrant Network of UK UNESCO sites as found by the National Value Report; featuring financial value, academic research, environmentalism and climate change, promotion and preservation of culture, education and more.

PUBLISHED 25 JUNE 2020

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