Essex 2020 Podcast: Marconi and The Making Of Chelmsford
Featuring Chris Neale and Alan Pamphilon (CSES and Chelmsford Civic Society)
CSES and Chelmsford Civic Society have recorded a podcast for Essex 2020, part of a series which goes behind the scenes of the UK's biggest celebration of science and creativity. In each episode, Essex 2020 project director Richard Freeman meets some of the brilliant people and organisations who are working to create, inspire and discover Essex's past, present and future.
When Guglielmo Marconi founded his telecommunications and engineering company in Chelmsford, he changed the local landscape forever.
Marconi's Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company was formed in 1897. It opened the world's first radio factory on Hall Street in 1898 and was responsible for some of the most important advances in naval communications, wireless technology radio and television – with Marconi winning the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1909.
Richard talks to retired engineers Chris Neale (CSES Council member) and Alan Pamphilon – both who owe their careers to the Marconi Company – about Marconi's legacy, what made him chose Chelmsford and why Essex 2020 is honouring a very specific event that happened 100 years ago.