Jodrell Bank aims for world heritage status

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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.