chapter  6
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Conclusion: A Spectacle of Science

The above quotation comes from a letter written in 1958 to the Director of Jodrell Bank from the Production Manager of Rayant Pictures ltd, whose firm were making a film to be shown at the Brussels Exhibition for the Central Office of Information. It captures well several of the themes of this book: the construction of a spectacle of science, its mobilisation as a progressive national symbol at particular moments of post-war change, and also as a site where research work is organised and astronomical knowledge produced.