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Jodrell Bank aims for world heritage status

Jodrell Bank, home to the famous Lovell Telescope in Cheshire, has been selected as the next UK candidate to go forward for nomination to Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) as a World Heritage Site.

Sarah Rogers reports:

A World Heritage Site is listed by Unesco as a place with cultural or physical significance considered to be of "Outstanding Universal Value".

The 60-year-old Lovell Telescope, which dominates the site, was the world's largest steerable telescope when it was completed in 1957.

Its team tracked the flight of the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1, the first-ever artificial satellite.

Jodrell Bank is the one remaining radio astronomy site, worldwide which dates from the early days, so it is very important that we protect and celebrate the physical record of our involvement in the creation of a new science

– Professor Tim O'Brien, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics.