Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory has been selected as the latest UK candidate for World Heritage status.
If the bid is successful, it would join the likes of Stonehenge and the Taj Mahal on the Unesco list of “globally important” landmarks, with 31 sites already in the UK including Derwent Valley Mills, the Ciry of Bath, Liverpool – Martimine Mercantile City, Durham Castle, the Tower of London and the Lake District
Prof Teresa Anderson, director of the observatory’s Discovery Centre, said it has a “rich scientific heritage” and described reaching the milestone as “absolutely fantastic”.
Home to the well known Lovell Telescope, the professor described it as “an icon for science”.
The site was first used for radio astronomy in 1945 by Sir Bernard Lovell and his team and since then, its astronomers have tracked Sputnik and discovered quasars.
Director of the Centre for Astrophysics, Prof Michael Garrett, 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.”
More than 185,000 people visit Jodrell Bank’s Discovery Centre each year, including 26,000 school pupils on educational visits.