had a major passion. She wanted a new radio clubhouse and museum
on the wireless field at Poldhu, the site from where Marconi's trans-Atlantic
signal was sent.
She put it to
the committee of the Poldhu Radio Club and with the help of The
National Trust and the present day Marconi company the dream has
become a reality.
On Monday April
9 the ground stakes were put in place to mark the boundaries of
the site. The timescale was tight. In 26 weeks the new building
had to be completed, and the club set up inside.
builders and enthusiasts worked long and hard through all weathers
to build the centre.
During the building
work the outline of the original carpenter's shop was discovered.
This was in business during Marconi's time. This proved to be of
great interest to the Cornwall Archeological Society.
The new Marconi
Centre looks out towards the sea on the headland at Poldhu. The
location of the original building used to transmit the historic
signal is in the same field. It is nearer the centre and is being
of the joint project between The National Trust, Marconi plc and
Poldhu Amateur Radio Club takes place on December 12, 2001 with
the opening of the new centre.
It has been
built to commemorate the centenary of the first trans-Atlantic wireless
signal which was sent from Poldhu to Newfoundland, Canada one hundred
The new centre
will fulfill three important objectives:
- To provide
a permanent commemoration and acknowledgement of Marconi's work
- To create
a new operating base for the amateur radio club
- To illustrate
Cornwall's historic and future role in the communications industry.
the centre was the result of a package involving the Objective One
Partnership for Cornwall and Scilly and Marconi plc, with the balance
obtained from the National Trust's Enterprise Neptune Fund.
12 messages will be sent around the world from the new centre. Thunderer
Squadron, a Royal Navy communications training team from Southampton,
will be re-enacting Marconi's Atlantic Leap. Find
Want to see
more pictures of the building work? Have a look at our Gallery with
pictures printed by kind permission of Carolyn Rule of the Poldhu
Amateur Radio Club.