The UK government is trying to encourage young people to take an interest in science and engineering.
Here in Essex @BackTheBid2MT seeks to raise money to ‘save’ the world’s first wireless factory, in Hall Street, Chelmsford.
Hall Street was opened by Marconi in 1899 and was replaced by a much bigger complex at New Street after Titanic sunk in 1912.
Its legacy is that thousands and thousands of lives were saved, not just on Titanic and Lusitania thanks to equipment made at that tiny building – which is now on the brink of becoming flats and business space, just like New Street, but on a smaller scale.
@BackTheBid2MT want to raise enough money to buy part, or, if they get zillions, maybe all of the ground floor to run STEM clubs for young people, future scientists and engineers that the UK badly needs – you can read the full story by clicking on this link to the crowd funding site called Space Hive.
@BackTheBid2MT has been given access to film its interior by its generous current owners.
It was here that the morse code instruments that saved 700 plus Titanic survivors was made - and they helped similarly in a further nine recorded ship sinkings thanks to the SOS messages they transmitted.
Chelmsford Sea Cadets held a poignant ceremony outside the world's first wireless factory built for Marconi in the city.
They paraded and held a minutes silence at the former factory in Hall Street which made the equipment that helped rescue more than 700 souls from the sinking Titanic on April 14/15 1912.
The ceremony took place on the evening of April 13, 2015, to which Marconi veterans have an open invitation to attend.
An SOS to raise £350,000 to ‘save’ part of the iconic Marconi building for the nation is being sent out by the newly formed Old Moulsham and Central Community Trust
The Trust has set up a heritage task force Marconi Science WorX to negotiate with the local developer who has bought the very first Marconi Wireless and Telegraphy Works in Hall Street with planning permission for six apartments and commercial space.
Not only is Hall Street the first Marconi works in the UK, but, if the task force is successful, it will be the only former Marconi building in the country dedicated to the great man and encouraging young boffins of the future.
Although much of the former New Street Marconi HQ has been saved from the bulldozer by developers, it is now entirely apartments and commercial premises.
Marconi Science WorX aims to obtain the former wireless factory’s ground floor for community use.
They aim to dedicate the very building which made the equipment that saved more than 700 Titanic survivors - and to look to the future to encourage young scientific inventors and entrepreneurs to be inspired by Marconi’s legacy..
Ros Webb, who also chair of the Friends of Chelmsford Museum, said: “ Its first aim is to purchase or rent, and refurbish the ground floor to provide a dynamic, multifunctional space where the history of Marconi’s pioneering work can be displayed together with an area where our young people can experiment, in a safe environment, with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at regular STEM Clubs to encourage a new generation to pursue science careers and help bridge the skills gap.”
They also want to provide much needed community space in Moulsham that local groups can hire for a range of activities that could include arts and crafts, talks and exhibitions (especially Marconi) as well as a community café with modern toilet facilities.
Chris Neale, chair of the Marconi Heritage Group: “This is the very last opportunity for Chelmsford and its residents to save a piece of Marconi history in the City that welcomes people to Chelmsford – Birthplace of Radio.
“If you want to support our mission please Google http://www.marconichelmsford.uk and click on the support and encourage your friends and family to do the same.”
# RMS Titanic 'ghostly' footage comes from the TV film 'A Night to Remember' based on Walter Lord's book of the same name which was the forerunner of the famous Hollywood blockbuster of the same name.
The full TV drama uploaded by Chad Hemstalk is featured here on You Tube: