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A dream comes true
New Marconi Centre
After 26 weeks the new Marconi centre had been built

The dream of Carolyn Rule, chairman of the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club has come true.

She wanted a new museum on the Marconi wireless field. The club have now moved in.

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+ A dream becomes reality.

+Work begins on the new centre and continues through the summer.

+The project is a joint venture between The National Trust, Marconi plc and Poldhu Amateur Radio Club.


Carolyn Rule 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.

centre's wooden frame
Carolyn's dream starts

Architects, 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 protected.

The realisation 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 years ago.

The new centre will fulfill three important 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 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.

On December 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 out how

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.

Marconi Centre Gallery

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