PODCAST #2 – Marconi & The Making Of Chelmsford

Essex 2020 podcast: Marconi & The Making Of Chelmsford

The Essex 2020 podcast

In this series, we go behind the scenes of the UK’s biggest celebration of science and creativity.  In each episode, Essex 2020 project director Richard Freeman meets some of the brilliant people and organisations who are working to create, inspire and discover Essex’s past, present and future. 

In this episode: Chris Neale and Alan Pamphilon from Chelmsford Civic Society | Chelmsford Science & Engineering Society


When Guglielmo Marconi founded his telecommunications and engineering company in Chelmsford, he changed the local landscape forever.

Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company was formed in 1897. It opened the world’s first radio factory on Hall Street in 1898 and was responsible for some of the most important advances in naval communications, wireless technology radio and television – with Marconi winning the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1909. 

Richard talks to retired engineers Chris Neale and Alan Pamphilon – both who owe their careers to the Marconi Company – about Marconi’s legacy, what made him choose Chelmsford and why Essex 2020 is honouring a very specific event that happened 100 years ago. 


Useful links

Chris Neale https://www.chelmsfordses.org.uk/about/council/7-chris-neale?highlight=WyJjaHJpcyJd 

Alan Pamphilon https://aru.ac.uk/graduation-and-alumni/alumni-network/alumni-stories/alumni-of-the-month/alan-pamphilon 

Alan’s walks for Chelmsford Civic Society (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/pg/ChelmsfordCivicSociety/posts/?ref=page_internal 

Chelmsford Science & Engineering Society https://www.chelmsfordses.org.uk/ 

Chelmsford Civic Society http://www.chelmsfordcivicsociety.co.uk/ 

Guglielmo Marconi on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guglielmo_Marconi 

Marconi historian Tim Wander https://marconibooks.co.uk/about.php 

The Titanic and Marconi’s wireless telegraph – Science Museum https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/titanic-marconi-and-wireless-telegraph 

Godfrey Isaacs, Marconi’s business brain, on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrey_Isaacs  

Winifred Sayer, world’s first woman broadcaster http://www.bluefence.co.uk/emergenceofbroadcastinginbritain/index_illustrations.html 

Dame Nelly Melba’s microphone http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/p0lN-tReTl2P_QyzRwKFEA 

Dame Nelly Melba on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nellie_Melba 

Captain Peter Eckersley https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Eckersley_(engineer)


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Essex 2020 is an Essex Partners initiative. 

This is an always possible podcast.

The interviewer was Richard Freeman for always possible and the producer was Chris Thorpe-Tracey for Lo Fi Arts