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Cornwall celebrates Marconi's achievements.
Marconi's Grandson meets Lady Mary Holborrow
Grandson Guglielmo Marconi helps to celebrate the centenary.

The BBC website for Cornwall was launched to coincide with the Marconi celebrations.

We were at Poldhu to witness the spark gap transmission made to Canada 100 years on.

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+ These photos were taken on the day of the Marconi Centenary.

+ The new Marconi Centre also opened on the 100th anniversary of the trans-Atlantic leap.

+ Marconi's Grandson visited Poldhu to join in the Cornish celebrations.

 

 

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.

Inside Marconi centre
Part of 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.

Lady Mary Holborrow
100 years 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. Guglielmo 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.

A spark gap transmitter
A spark 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.

 

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