Second Jodrell dish gains listed status
ASECOND satellite dish at Jodrell Bank has been given Grade I listed status.
The site’s most recognisable feature, the Lovell Telescope, was given Grade I listed status in 1988.
Now the smaller dish, the Mark II, which still has an impressive diameter of 125ft, has been awarded the same accolade, highlighting its own historical and scientific importance.
The Mark II, built between 1962-64, has worked with the Lovell Telescope to improve accuracy of observations and tracking objects in space.
Its new status means it will be more difficult to secure the planning permission necessary to make changes.
Crispin Edwards, from Historic England, said: “Jodrell Bank is a remarkable place where globally important discoveries were made that trans- formed radio astronomy and our understanding of the universe.
“We are celebrating the history of the site and its impact on the world by increasing its recognition on the National Heritage List for England.”
The listing has been timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Lovell Telescope first collecting radio signals from space.
Also recognised are the Park Royal building, the electrical workshop, the link hut, the control building and the remains of the searchlight aerial at Jodrell Bank, which have all been given Grade II listed status.
The attraction, which is owned by the University of Manchester, became used for space observation in 1945 because electricity from trams interfered with its equipment in Manchester.
Since then it has discovered stars and tracked space missions. It kept tabs on Sputnik 2, which took the first living animal - a dog named Laika - into space, and supported American attempts to get to the moon. Heritage Minister John Glen said: “Jodrell Bank has been at the forefront of scientific research for more than 70 years and is known around the world for its important role in developing our understanding of the universe. These listings will protect and celebrate the heritage of this significant site and help inspire the next generation of scientists and astronomers.”
Jodrell Bank is one of the world’s earliest sites for radio-telescopes and plays a pivotal role in the development of the science of radio astronomy.
Prof Teresa Anderson, from Jodrell Bank, said: “Science is a hugely important part of our cultural heritage and we are very pleased to see that recognised and protected with these new designations.”
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The Mark II telescope at Jodrell Bank