On the 4th of October 1957 the USSR launched the first artificial satellite in orbit. Jodrell Bank was hurriedly mobilised to pick up the Beep Beep of Sputnik which was a hundred miles up, and was the only dish in the world that could do this. So made the Telescope Famous.
I think this dish is part of the string of 7 dishes up and down the country that are working together gathering information for "Merlin" for Technique called "interferometry". There is another European System called VLBI. ( Very Long Baseline Interferometry).
This is the Bust of Copernicus a Polish Astronomer. 1473 to 1543. He put forward the Ideas that were revolutionary at the time that the Earth and other Planets orbited round the Sun. Also that the Earth was not the centre of the Universe.