Jo­drell Bank is such an in­spir­ing place to work

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Dr Liz Bru­ton. Role: Her­itage of­fi­cer, Jo­drell Bank. What do you do?: I work at Jo­drell Bank Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre, preserving and pro­mot­ing the her­itage of Jo­drell Bank Ob­ser­va­tory and the peo­ple who worked there. What do you most en­joy about this role?: The out­reach as­pect, work­ing with com­mu­nity groups and vol­un­teers to find out more about what they know and what they want to know about this in­spir­ing place. What is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: I only moved to Mac­cles­field two months ago to start this new job but I like the Wether­spoons pub ‘The So­ci­ety Rooms’ which are the for­mer rooms of the So­ci­ety for the Dif­fu­sion of Use­ful Knowl­edge. Ide­ally how would you spend ev­ery day?: I very much en­joy my cur­rent job as well as the com­mute to work by bi­cy­cle, mostly along quiet, scenic coun­try lanes, so that is how I would spend ev­ery day. What one piece of ad­vice would you give?: ‘Al­ways read the plaque’, taken from my favourite pod­cast se­ries 99% In­vis­i­ble. I think plaque schemes, in­clud­ing blue plaques, of­fer a neat, bite-sized in­sight into the fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory of the world that is all around us, as long as we take the time to look. What was your first job?: One of my ear­li­est jobs as a teenager was work­ing in McDon­alds one sum­mer. It taught me a lot about food hy­giene and cus­tomer ser­vice but by the end of the sum­mer I couldn’t stand the smell of chips! What is on your CD / MP3 player?: Some pop mu­sic and a good se­lec­tion of pod­casts – the most re­cent al­bum I’ve been lis­ten­ing to and am thor­oughly en­joy­ing is the 1975’s ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beau­ti­ful Yet So Un­aware of It’. What is your favourite TV show?: The 100, an Amer­i­can post-apoc­a­lyp­tic sci-fi drama se­ries set al­most 100 years af­ter a ma­jor nu­clear at­tack on earth. What are you read­ing at the mo­ment?: I am cur­rently read­ing ‘Churchill’s Bomb: A Hid­den His­tory of Sci­ence, War and Pol­i­tics’ by Gra­ham Farmelo. What/who is your big­gest in­spi­ra­tion?: My younger brother Thomas is my big­gest in­spi­ra­tion. He has cere­bral palsy and uses a wheel­chair but he has not let that stop him aim­ing high and re­al­is­ing his goals, in­clud­ing hope­fully soon a gold Gaisce Award, the Ir­ish equiv­a­lent of the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award. Who would you like to in­vite to din­ner?: Three peo­ple: the founder of the Jo­drell Bank Ob­ser­va­tory, the late Sir Bernard Lovell, the star of the Sound of Mu­sic, Julie An­drews and the chef Yo­tam Ot­tolenghi. Dr Bru­ton is de­vel­op­ing com­mu­nity her­itage ac­tiv­i­ties and rem­i­nis­cence events to take place at Jo­drell Bank in Au­gust. See www.jo­drell bank.net

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