Marconi Centre, Poldhu, Cornwall

Marconi Centre, Poldhu

Poldhu Cove on the Lizard Peninsula in southwest Cornwall, England was the of the transmitter for the first transatlantic radio signal. A signal went from Poldhu Wireless Station to Guglielmo Marconi at Signal Hill in St. John's Newfoundland , Canada on December 12, 1901.

The new Marconi Center is a hike up a hill to the top of the cliff. This is a new building that to house transmitting equipment and exhibits.

It was a joint project between The National Trust, Marconi plc and Poldhu Amateur Radio Club and was built to commemorate the centenary of the first trans-Atlantic wireless signal which was sent from Poldhu to Newfoundland, Canada one hundred years previously.

The new centre has three objectives:

* To provide a permanent commemoration and acknowledgement of Marconi's work and achievements
* To create a new operating base for the amateur radio club
* To illustrate Cornwall's historic and future role in the communications industry.

Funding for the centre has come from Objective One Partnership for Cornwall and Scilly and Marconi plc, with the balance obtained from the National Trust's Enterprise Neptune Fund.

BBC report on the building of the Marconi Centre at Poldhu.

And the Marconi web site offers more background information on the project

 

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