Celebration of Guglielmo Marconi’s birthday

Chelmsford Museum will be curating the celebration of Guglielmo Marconi’s birthday on 23 April with a special Marconi themed ‘Birthday Bash’ at Sandford Mill, from 10am to 4pm.

‘Marconi’s Birthday Bash’ will celebrate Marconi and the legacy of his ground-breaking radio work, which was born in the City of Chelmsford. Talks about Marconi’s marvellous invention will run at 11am, 12 noon 2pm and 3pm in the Engine House. The day will have interactive Morse code activities, remote controlled planes and cars from Chelmsford Model Flying Association and Marconi TV cameras where visitors will have the opportunity to read the ‘Sandford Mill News’. There will also be new displays in the Marconi Hut where the first radio programme was broadcast from 95 years ago, plus a radio transmission by Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) A mini traction engine operated by Chelmsford Society of Model Engineers will provide rides between the Engine House and Barn for all of those young at heart.

Caroline Hammer, Learning Development Officer, Chelmsford City Council, is organising the day. She said: “This is an event for young and old, those wanting to know more about the science of radio, the technological heritage of Chelmsford or even former Marconi employees.”

Caroline added: “This is a great opportunity to see a range of fascinating collection of Marconi radio artefacts at Sandford Mill in an interactive environment.”

The mill is at Sandford Mill Road (off Chelmer Village Way), Chelmer Village, ChelmsfordCM2 6NY. Admission is £3 per person/ £10 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult 3 children)

To discover more about Chelmsford Museums, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museumevents

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