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Jodrell Bank selected as United Kingdom candidate for World Heritage site nomination

13 Octobre 2017

A successful bid will allow this observatory to join the elite club of over 1000 other famous landmarks - including the Grand Canyon in the United States, the Taj Mahal in India, and Machu Pichu in Peru-that now enjoy the UNESCO #World Heritage Site status.

In a blog post, professor Teresa Anderson said: "We are looking forward, now to January 2018, when the full nomination dossier will be submitted to UNESCO for consideration".

The Jodrell Bank Observatory present in Cheshire is the home to the famous Lovell Telescope.

"The Lovell Telescope in particular has become an icon for science and engineering and we look forward to showcasing the rich scientific heritage of this and the wider site on an global stage".

More than 1,000 places around the world have been granted Unesco World Heritage status.

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Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester, said: "The university is very proud that our Jodrell Bank Observatory is going forward to UNESCO for inscription as a World Heritage Site".

In pictures: Where are the UK's world heritage sites? The 76m long Lovell (Mark I) telescope was the largest steerable dish in the world when it was completed in the year 1957. This rich history is still being written with the execution of state-of-the art astronomical research programmes on the Lovell Telescope and the e-MERLIN array of national facility radio telescopes, plus our hosting of the worldwide headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array'.

Established in 1945 by Sir Bernard Lovell, a radio astronomer at the University of Manchester, the site went on to play a major role in the Cold War's space and arms races, tracking the Russians' first space shots and listening into traffic.

We have been preparing the case for the World Heritage Site inscription for Jodrell Bank Observatory for some years now, so it's absolutely fantastic to reach this milestone. The project consists of developing a visitor exhibition comprising of the history of Radio Astronomy.

The Discovery Centre at the site sees 185,000 visitors each year, including 26,000 school pupils on educational visits.

Jodrell Bank selected as United Kingdom candidate for World Heritage site nomination