Guglielmo Marconi – Building the Wireless Age

A talk by Tim Wander

Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 19:30

Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Marconi Building Room 001

Hall Street

For over 100 years the Marconi Companies’ work in Chelmsford and Essex dominated and defined the modern age of electronics, radio, radar, television and mobile communications. The Company had a massive impact on the working and social lives of tens of thousands of Essex people, as well as on the County’s townscapes, especially that of Chelmsford.

In his talk Tim Wander will focus on the the rise and fall of the Marconi Company and the wireless communication industry in Essex starting with an introduction to Marconi’s early career, focusing on the development of the Hall Street works and then tell something of the story of the New Street works until their demolition in 2012.

This will be illustrated with many slides, some previously unseen and questions will be actively encouraged at the end of the talk!

Tim Wander is currently working with the Northwood House Charitable Trust Ltd in Cowes on the Isle of Wight where he is Building and Major Projects Manager overseeing the current phases of renovation works for the large Grade II* Country House and Park.

Tim is perhaps better known as an historic consultant, author, lecturer and journalist specialising in the Marconi Company, Marconi’s early work, Chelmsford’s Industrial History and the birth of radio broadcasting.

He has published numerous books including ‘Marconi on the Isle of Wight’, ‘Marconi’s New Street Works 1912 –2012’, ‘2MT Writtle – The Birth of British Broadcasting’, ‘Marconi and World War One’ and the ‘Marconi Company and Writtle’ as well as writing numerous papers, brochures and research reports which include submissions for listed status and lottery funding. He has written several radio plays for the BBC and has just completed a detailed account of the first five years of Marconi’s work (‘Guglielmo Marconi – Building the Wireless Age’ – due September 2015).


cses logo2This talk is organised by Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society as a special event for the Chelmsford Ideas Festival – you do not have to be a scientist or engineer to enjoy this talk and learn more about Chelmsford’s important history!


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