Chelmsford Civic Society’s Pam Swaby awarded British Empire Medal

Pam Swaby points to the Marconi blue plaque at The Garrison in Chelmsford

We’d like to extend huge congratulations to Pam Swaby, who has been awarded with a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Years Honours list.

The prestigious honour is for services to the community in Chelmsford, recognising Pam’s tireless and outstanding work with Chelmsford Civic Society. The Society spans projects, activities and campaigns that preserve and highlight Chelmsford’s rich heritage whilst connecting to communities and enterprise in the present day. View our Spotlight On feature to learn more.

As part of Essex 2020 Pam has had a pivotal role in organising events for the Marconi broadcast centenary celebrations and Heritage Open Days. She was also instrumental in the campaign to fundraise for and install a commemorative blue plaque in the city. The Guglielmo Marconi plaque was mounted on June 15th 2020 (100 years to the day after Dame Nellie Melba’s first broadcast) at The Garrison in Chelmsford, where Marconi formerly stayed.

Watch a CRH News video about the mounting on the plaque which features Pam Swaby, BEM.

Video by CRH News

Read this ITV Anglia article to see a full list of those from the region that were honoured on January 1st.