Famous Jodrell Bank nominated for becoming a world heritage site

Jodrell Bank could stand alongside India¿s Taj Mahal if it successful in being approved by UNESCO

Jodrell Bank could stand alongside India’s Taj Mahal if it successful in being approved by UNESCO

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.

The staff at the observatory is now giving the final touch to nomination papers that will be submitted to UNESCO in January 2018.

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

Professor Michael Garrett, Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and holder of the Sir Bernard Lovell Chair in Astronomy & Astrophysics, said: 'Jodrell Bank has played a leading role in radio astronomy for over seventy years, work which is reflected in the landscape of the site. Last week, this 76m (250ft) radio telescope celebrated its 60th anniversary. 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'.

During later years, several other astronomers, as well as scientific institutions, have used this observatory to probe the universe and make some interesting observations.

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More than 185,000 people visit Jodrell Bank's Discovery Centre each year, including 26,000 school pupils on educational visits. Officials are now working to improve the visitors' facilities at the Center. A project to make a gallery narrating the story of radio astronomy is also in progress.

Professor Teresa Anderson, director of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre said: "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".

She described the telescope, which was the largest of its kind when it was built, as "an icon for science".

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