The new BBC
website for Cornwall was launched to show how communication has
moved on in the last 100 years.
Here is our
gallery of pictures from the day when all the eyes of the world
were on the new Marconi Centre at Poldhu, in West Cornwall.
a massive exhibition in the new Marconi Centre
The new Marconi
Centre started as a dream. On December 12 it became a reality when
the keys were handed over to the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club. The
centre will now act as a home for PARC and as a lasting tribute
to Marconi's work.
Lady Mary Holborrow,
the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall attended the opening ceremony representing
the Queen. She sent a message to Canada from the new Centre at Poldhu.
At four o clock exactly she also sent a message in morse code to
Signal Hill in Canada. It was timed to the second to coincide with
the centenary of Marconi's successful transmission.
on Lady Mary Holborrow sends a morse code message.
In a nearby
field, next to the remains of the original building Marconi used
100 years ago, his Grandson was preparing to do a similar experiment.
Marconi was in Poldhu to celebrate his Grandfather's achievements.
He sent a message to Canada using a spark gap transmitter just like
his Grandfather had done in 1901.
gap transmitter - look to the centre of the picture to see sparks
It was Carolyn
Rule, the chairman of the Radio Club who had the dream of a new
centre being built in Poldhu. Now the dream has become a reality
and the Club's future has been secured.