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31
January
2024
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09:25
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Jodrell Bank welcomes Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in celebration of UNESCO World Heritage status

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Jodrell Bank yesterday (Tuesday 30 January) to mark the occasion of being awarded .

The Princess Royal was welcomed to Jodrell Bank Observatory by The 91视频鈥檚 President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, before introductions to dignitaries, academics and guests from across the University, the Observatory and representatives of Cheshire East.

Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement, Professor Teresa Anderson, alongside Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Professor Tim O鈥橞rien thanked The Princess Royal for her visit, and discussed the decade-long process to achieve UNESCO status and the delight they share in being the first research Observatory to be recognised.

An introduction and overview of the significance of the telescope by Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Professor Mike Garrett followed. The Princess Royal was then given the opportunity to operate the famous Lovell Telescope from the control panel, under the watchful eye of the gathered academics and telescope controllers. Her Royal Highness also recalled a previous visit to the Observatory by The King, as Prince of Wales, back in 2003.

Professor Philip Diamond, Director-General of the neighbouring (SKAO) explained the unique significance of having its international headquarters located at Jodrell Bank. A truly global intergovernmental organisation with 16 partner countries, and telescopes in South Africa and Australia, the SKAO鈥檚 presence at Jodrell Bank is apt; the home of radio astronomy, now recognised for its global significance by UNESCO.

Professor Teresa Anderson

Her Royal Highness鈥 visit to Jodrell Bank has showcased what we do really well here. From engaging new audiences with science and heritage, to introducing them to the remarkable home-grown achievements in astrophysics and space exploration. We are delighted to be able to celebrate our UNESCO inception with the Princess Royal and thank her for her continued support.

Professor Teresa Anderson

After signing the Control Room visitors book, Her Royal Highness then participated in a visit to the brand new at Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement. Opened in 2022, with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Pavilion includes a Space Dome and the award winning 鈥楽tory of Jodrell Bank鈥 permanent exhibition. Upon arrival The Princess Royal met with Exhibition staff and admired the surroundings and architecture.

A Royal visit to Jodrell Bank wouldn鈥檛 be complete without the planting of a tree in Jodrell鈥檚 orchard to mark the occasion. Professor Rothwell addressed the gathered attendees before Her Royal Highness was invited to plant a sapling apple tree, grown from a rather significant seed. The pip originates from the 鈥楩lower of Kent鈥; the apple tree within Sir Isacc Newton鈥檚 Lincolnshire garden said to have inspired his Theory of Gravity. The pip was then taken on board the International Space Station as part of Astronaut Tim Peake鈥檚 mission in 2016, and one of just eight such 鈥楽pace Saplings鈥 to have been grown in the UK.

President and Vice-Chancellor, 91视频, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said, 鈥淲e are honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness to Jodrell Bank Observatory. We celebrate this unique achievement at a very special moment for us all, as the University itself celebrates its bicentenary this year. At Jodrell, we鈥檙e surrounded by world-leading research, and those who strive to inspire the next generation of scientists. The recognition by UNESCO will only serve to cement Jodrell as a centre of excellence and inspiration to many.

Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement, Professor Teresa Anderson said, 鈥淗er Royal Highness鈥 visit to Jodrell Bank has showcased what we do really well here. From engaging new audiences with science and heritage, to introducing them to the remarkable home-grown achievements in astrophysics and space exploration. We are delighted to be able to celebrate our UNESCO inception with the Princess Royal and thank her for her continued support.鈥

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