Visitor Centres

Over the last year, the closing of the Jodrell Bank Science Centre and Planetarium has caused much frustration amongst staff in the Observatory. At the moment there is an 'interim' centre (which consists of one small room and a 3D theatre) and the money for the new spangly centre has not been secured yet. As the University of Manchester states that it is committed to providing an enhanced centre, it has built a path to let visitors walk around the telescope and get a better view.

It seems that the Jodrell Science Centre is not the only one being closed though. The Visitor Centre at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh was closed down on 1st September this year. Their website says that they are concentrating on supporting science education in Scotland. Armagh Planetarium was also closed in August but luckily this was only for three months so that it could be restored.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 02nd Dec 2003 (14:37 UTC) | Permalink
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