Monday, 28 March 2011

Science Museum visit to historic communications sites.

The Science Museum is making progress on planning a major new communications gallery. A team of 4 curators and two managers has been formed to develop the project, which, subject to the necessary funding, will open in 2014. On Friday last week (25th), as part of the preparation, a team from the museum came down to see us. Our Volunteer manager at the Lizard Wireless Station, David Barlow took them on a guided tour of the famous communications sites on the Peninsula. The tour started at Goonhilly at the Bronze age "menhir" and a viewing of the aerial for the reception of the first transatlantic television pictures, and hearing of plans for using the aerials as radio telescopes in the near future. 

Moving on the Science Museum team were shown the communications sites at Lizard Point including the Lizard Wireless Station, site of the reception of the first SOS. National Trust Volunteer John Davies gave a graphic illustration of how communications have evolved in just over 100 years by playing a recording of himself talking to the International Space Station by amateur radio as it passed over the North Atlantic.

The team then headed out to Poldhu where they walked the “wireless field” and stood on the foundations of the building where the first transatlantic signal was sent in 1901.The tour ended at the National Trust Marconi Centre with Poldhu Amateur Radio Club Chairman Keith Matthew speaking of the many achievements of Marconi relating to the Poldhu site.

David Barlow

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