Newsletter 2011

Author of ‘2MT Writtle’ joins the fray

A former Marconi employee from Bembridge IOW, Tim Wander, is the author of ‘2MT Writtle: The Birth of British Broadcasting’ first published in 1988: an updated second edition was published in October last year. He now has a new book in preparation which deals with the history of the Marconi New Street site: it is due to be published next year to mark New Street’s centenary. The Essex Chronicle carried news of this in a centre-spread feature in their 6th January edition.

This article can be found at Webmaster.

When he visited New Street recently he was quoted by the Chronicle as saying that he nearly wept at the state of the building where Marconi, the man almost singly responsible for the technical world we live in today, had his office. He hopes that his book can raise its profile and help to get something permanent done before the place gets beyond salvation.

He plans to publish the book in a large format, and is appealing to former employees, town historians and indeed anyone who might like to contribute to come forward with photographs, stories, memories, reports and anecdotes from any period, but especially from the 1930s through to the late 1970s; one line or fifty, anything would be good. All contributions and contributors will be fully acknowledged in the book, and each mini-author will receive a numbered copy.

Contact:, or by post to PO Box 171, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 9DF

Tim’s own website with details of the proposed book is at