Chelmsford Museum: new extension and Marconi collection display
Nick Wickenden, Chelmsford Borough Councilâ€™s Museums Manager recently announced that the Chelmsford Museum in Oaklands Park is having an new built, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2009. This will be home to the Essex Regiment collection and some other exhibitions.
â€œWeâ€™ve been looking for more space and it will enable us to provide facilities such as an education room……weâ€™ll also be able to have a display of Chelmsfordâ€™s industries for the first time. We are very aware that Chelmsford was something of an industrial world beater with the likes of Marconi, Comptons, and Hoffmans all here. We really havenâ€™t been able to do this justice due to the limited space,â€ he said.
He also announced the return on loan of items from the Marconi collection, papers and objects relating to Guglielmo Marconi and the wireless company in Chelmsford which were passed to Oxford University in 2004. He said it was very sad a few years ago when the Marconi companyâ€™s own collection was moved from Chelmsford to Oxford. â€œWeâ€™re very pleased that weâ€™ll be able to have some of those items back in Chelmsford on loan, because Marconi is such a key figure in the townâ€™s history.â€