Marconi in the news

Marconi is back making news again some good some not so good…

this weekend saw the 90th anniversary of the historic broadcast by world renowned opera singer Dame Nellie Melba from the Chelmsford New Street factory and GB90MZX was on the air on June 12 and 15. The Marconi New Street factory was built in 1912 and used to manufacture high power transmitters. The company had been allocated the call-sign MZX for test transmissions that comprised of someone reading on air anything which came to hand. This included articles from newspapers and the railway timetable from Chelmsford to London and back. Now though the building is in a state of disrepair despite some of it having historical preservation orders on it. The BBC this week took a look around the old buildings that where hub of technology and way ahead of its time. Nowadays its the home of squatters and drug users, a far cry from what used to be a modern state of the art building that some 500 men built with most of the former splendour ripped out. you see more on both these story’s by clicking the links below.

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/june2010/gb90mzx.htm

http://www.g0mwt.org.uk/new-street/index.htm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/essex/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8723000/8723312.stm

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