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Chelmsford is known globally as the birthplace of radio thanks to the world’s first purpose-built radio factory, established in 1912 by Marconi a short distance from the current Anglia Ruskin University campus in New Street, and 2022 marks 100 years since the world's first regular wireless broadcasts for entertainment began from the Marconi laboratories at nearby Writtle.

Marconi’s Chelmsford factory, the location of the UK’s first live entertainment broadcast, closed in 2008 and there is now a housing estate on the site, but some of the early technology that helped the Italian pioneer bring radio to the world will be on display at the exhibition in Chelmsford in June and July.

The Marconi exhibits include a unique collection from historian Tim Wander, such as the world’s first radio signal detector, early receivers and transmitters used during the First World War, the first ever microprocessor, and a mobile car phone from 1984. A television camera used at the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 will also be on display on selected exhibition days.

Today, companies in Chelmsford continue to build the technology of the future, with high-tech developments in fields as diverse as space, medicine, communications and defence. The impact of industry in Chelmsford on all of our lives is incredible.

This exhibition will tell a part of that story, revealing how household names such as Marconi are echoed in the modern age.

Chelmsford Innovation: Marconi and Beyond is an exhibition hosted by ARU and in partnership with Chelmsford Civic Society, Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society and the Marconi Veterans' Association

When: 22 June 2022, 11:00 through 15 July 2022, 16:00 (various dates and times)

The exhibition is free, but you need to book a ticket - click here

Where: Anglia Ruskin University
Marconi Building
Bishop Hall Lane

More details on the CSES web site here