Jodrell Bank has been added to UNESCO World Heritage List

The landmark joins the prestigious list alongside international sites such as Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal.

By Ben Brown | 9 July 2019

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It’s now the 32nd UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK, joining such places as the Lake District, Stonehenge and Blenheim Palace and has been recognised for its role in transforming our understanding of the Universe.

It’s home to the Lovell Telescope, which was the largest steerable radio telescope in the world when it was built. It’s been taken over since then – but its legacy and importance to space travel and the understanding of the universe through the 20th Century was massive.

Jodrell Bank is of course also home to the upcoming bluedot Festival – a family-friendly science, music, arts and cultural event which attracts 30,000 festivalgoers and more than 800 of the globe’s greatest scientists, minds and thinkers.

This year sees headliners Kraftwerk, New Order and Hot Chip perform alongside an incredible science and arts bill – all in the shadow of the hugely impressive Lovell Telescope.