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Marconi Exhibition in Chelmsford


Early Broadcasting History

A Great Showcase

An exhibition celebrating the man whom many see as the ‘inventor of radio’, and the world's first purpose-built radio factory opens next month. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) will showcase items from the factory of Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) factory, which opened in 1912 in Chelmsford, Essex.

This year marks 100 years since the world's first regular broadcasts for entertainment began from the Marconi laboratories at nearby Writtle. The Chelmsford factory closed in 2008 and the site is now a housing estate. Guglielmo Marconi was an Italian wireless pioneer who helped bring radio to the world.

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He came to Chelmsford in 1898, at first developing machines to send messages via Morse code for ship and transatlantic communication. After World War One, Marconi's engineers started looking at broadcasting voices and entertainment.

(Source: ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast | Colin Butler |

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