Congratulations are due to¬† Manchester University that has worked hard for the past 10 years to have the Jodrell Bank Observatory recognised for it’s Outstanding Universal Value in the realm of astronomical research and today Sunday 7th July 2019 they were successful in having it inscribed as the latest UNESCO World Heritage Site. Congratulations to our near neighbours in Cheshire – and to Manchester that has pioneered this particular WHS application.

This listing means that the site will now get a protection that is rooted in international treaties between the UK Government and the UN. UNESCO listing means that this site is now recognised as being of such value that it must be protected and maintained for future generations to admire and enjoy.

You can read more about it below:

The Guardian report 07.07.19

BBC report 07.07.19

Only 2 years ago in 2017 the Lake District was also inscribed as a UNESCO WHS after years of working to get the highest level of global recognition for sites that are of outstanding universal value.

BBC report 09.07.17

UNESCO website report

And this year in Liverpool we have the Mayor and local media The Echo mounting a concerted effort to have Liverpool removed from this prestigious listing. 15 years ago today 07.07.19 Liverpool was inscribed as a UNESCO WHS and perhaps it is not surprising that there is no recognition in the local media of the significance of this day for the citizens of the city, no celebration of our having achieved such a world-recognised honour for the unique contribution past generations have made to the whole of humanity.

Image from The Guardian Phil Noble/PA