BOOKLET: OPENING OF NEW STREET WORKS
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SOURCE:
Marconi plc

PRODUCED:
22 June 1912


This booklet was issued to all delegates to the International Radio-Telegraphic Conference who were also present at the opening of the first purpose built wireless factory at New Street in Chelmsford.
Included in the booklet with a photograph of the works' site is an overview of 'The Present Developments', giving an account of the building of the works from the gaining of the land to the completeion of the building. There are also details of the buildings' construction, advantages of the site location and layout of the various departments, features and ammenities on site. This booklet also features details of a demonstration of wireless telegraphy between Poldhu and the New Street Works using a ship's set that was installed in the showroom. Included in the back of the booklet is a plan of the works' site, with all the buildings indicated by name and arrows indicating the route of the tour.



Background notes on New Street:

The Marconi Works at New Street were designed and erected in 1912 in Chelmsford. It was built to replace the works at Hall Street, which had become inadequate for the needs of the growing Company. New Street was the first purpose-built radio factory in the world and ultimately became the Marconi Company headquarters. From conception to completion, the project took only 17 weeks. Built on part of the old Essex Cricket Ground, the new works were modern and equipped with the latest tools and laboratories. The changeover between Hall St. and New St. happened in just one weekend. The Works were ready for inspection in June by the suitably impressed International Radiotelegraphic Conference delegates on 22 June 1912.

On 15 June 1920, New Street was host to Britain's first advertised public broadcast programme, a song recital by Dame Nellie Melba. A blue plaque commemorating this event is located by the front door of this now listed building.






Key moments in the life and work of Marconi.

INAUGURATION OF FIRST PURPOSE-BUILT WIRELESS FACTORY



Important places in the history of Marconi.

NEW STREET, CHELMSFORD, ENGLAND



Images of people, places and artefacts.

ACCOUNTS OFFICE, NEW STREET

ASSEMBLY SHOP, NEW STREET (1)

CONDENSER AND WINDING SHOP

CONSTRUCTION OF NEW STREET

DELEGATES AT TRURO

DELEGATES AT POLDHU

MACHINE SHOP, NEW STREET

MASTS FOR 5XX TRANSMITTER

PACKING SHOP, NEW STREET

POWER TEST ROOM, NEW STREET

RADIOTELEGRAPHIC CONFERENCE (1)

RIGGING CREW, NEW STREET

STORES INSIDE NEW STREET

WORKERS CONSTRUCTING NEW STREET



A gallery of Marconi equipment and technology.

PERFUME BOTTLE

SILVER TABLE LIGHTER