The 2022 Marconi Veterans Association Reunion is on July 2nd 2022 at Pontlands Park
The meal will start at 1pm, and the bar will be open from 12 noon.
The applications should have been in by 17th June, however if you would like to come but have not yet applied please contact the The MVA Secretary to see if spaces are available.
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)
Where: Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane
It is with great sadness that we report the death of
- Mr Derek Banes who joined in 1964, died in June 2022.
- He formally worked for Mick Healy in the mechanical engineering dept. as a stress engineer at Writtle Road Works.
- Mr Michael Healey who joined in 1949, died in May 2022
- Mr Roy Shead who joined in 1944, died on 24th April 2022, age 95.
- He had a heart attack and died in Northampton hospital
- Mr John Bellamy who joined in 1947, died in December 2021.
- Mr Trevor Robinson who joined in 1953, died in September 2021
The Marconi Veterans Association Newsletter for 2022 is now published.
The web version which is ideal for viewing on your PC, Smartphone or Tablet is here:
The pdf version is here, which can be viewed (ideally on a large screen) or printed. It is 20 A4 pages long:
Members who are on our Mailing list will be posted a paper copy of this Newsletter when the invitations to the next MVA Reunion are posted.
The next MVA Reunion is planned for July 2nd 2022.