Jodrell Bank is UK can­di­date for World Her­itage Site sta­tus

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JODRELL Bank Ob­ser­va­tory is aim­ing to join the Taj Ma­hal and Stone­henge on the in­ter­na­tional her­itage stage.

The his­toric cen­tre in Mac­cles­field 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.

Other no­table sites across the world in­clude the Grand Canyon in the United States and Machu Pichu in Peru.

The Univer­sity of Manch­ester’s site, which has just cel­e­brated the 60th An­niver­sary of the iconic Lovell Tele­scope, is now pre­par­ing the papers for nom­i­na­tion, which will be sub­mit­ted to UNESCO in Jan­uary.

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.

“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 in­ter­na­tional stage.”

Phil No­ble

The Lovell Tele­scope

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