Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire was nominated for Unesco World Heritage status. The observatory, founded in 1945 at the University of Manchester, could be added to the list in 2019.
- Jodrell Bank Observatory, part of the University of Manchester, is the earliest radio astronomy observatory in the world
- It is located in Cheshire and is home to the Grade I listed Lovell Telescope
- Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China are sites that have World Heritage Status
- The UK already has 31 cultural and natural sites on the list
The world’s earliest radio astronomy observatory has been nominated for World Heritage status.
Jodrell Bank Observatory, part of the University of Manchester, has been put forward as the UK’s nomination for designation as a Unesco World Heritage site in 2019, Heritage Minister Michael Ellis said.
The observatory in Cheshire, founded in 1945, is home to the Grade I listed Lovell Telescope and pioneered the exploration of the universe using radio waves.
It has played a central role in transforming human understanding of the universe, and is a site of global importance, Mr Ellis said.