British Culture Minister Rebecca Pow welcomed Sunday the decision by UNESCO to add Britain's famous Jodrell Bank radio telescope to its prestige list of World Heritage Sites.
It is probably best known for the landmark Lovell Telescope, a steerable 250ft radio dish which was the largest in the world when it was built in 1957.
The observatory in northern England has become the 32nd UNESCO World Heritage Site in Britain.
New inscription on @UNESCO #WorldHeritage List: Jodrell Bank Observatory in #UK. "This exceptional technological ensemble illustrates the transition from traditional optical astronomy to radio astronomy (1940s to 1960s), which led to radical changes in the understanding of the universe". "The announcement will make sure that this remarkable site will continue to inspire young scientists and astronomers all over the world". Its work in tracking spacecraft in the early space race, and its research into quasars, pulsars and gravitational lenses, is also part of its outstanding scientific heritage.
"Receiving this recognition will help us tell their story and the story of the communities connected to the site both across the United Kingdom and worldwide".
The BBC reported Professor Teresa Anderson, director of the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, said: "This is wonderful news and a great day in the history of Jodrell Bank".
"Indeed, the site is fantastic for the university because of its heritage, its teaching and its research, and also because it is a place where many members of the public come to learn and be inspired about science".
The observatory was the only United Kingdom site nominated during the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee.
Jodrell Bank now joins 31 other World Heritage sites in the United Kingdom, including Stonehenge and the Giant's Causeway.
It makes Jodrell Bank the 32nd site in the United Kingdom to receive the status and puts it on a list of about 1,100 sites worldwide.