CSES Centenary Lectures: Dame Nellie sings! A night that changed the world

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Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020 19:30 - 21:00

Venue: Online event via Zoom  |  City: Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Speaker: Tim Wander (Author, Journalist, Historic Consultant, Guest Speaker)

This special Centenary Lecture is one of a series of talks taking place throughout 2020 to celebrate 100 years of Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society.

Discover the story of the first radio broadcast experiments from the Marconi Chelmsford New street works and Melba's famous concert on 15 June 1920.

Tim has appeared on ITV's About Our Coast, BBC's Celebrity Antiques Roadshow, and even Songs of Praise as an historic consultant. He has written and presented a series of eight programs for the subscription Titanic Channel and has been the script consultant on a large number of TV shows including the Channel 5 documentary The Savoy Hotel, Andrew Marr's Making of Britain and Michael Portillo's Great Railway Journeys. He continues to work with a number of museums and collections, has designed and compiled a wide range of historic displays and guidebooks. His books include Marconi on the Isle of Wight, produced for the centenary of the closure of the Alum Bay Royal Needles Hotel station in 2000 (republished 2013), 2MT Writtle – The Birth of British Broadcasting, first published in 1988 and updated in 2010, Marconi’s New Street Works 1912-2012: Birthplace of the Wireless Age, The Marconi Company and Writtle and Guglielmo Marconi: Building the Wireless Age.

See Tim on the Birth of British Broadcasting on YouTube here:

Raised and educated in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, an Honours Degree in Computer Science from Aston University in Birmingham brought Tim by chance to work at GEC-Marconi Communication Systems' Writtle site, near Chelmsford in Essex. He spent the first 17 years of his career with various arms of the GEC-Marconi Company worldwide, designing, developing and managing radio, telecommunication and control system projects. Tim left Marconi in 1999 and spent three more years in senior management within the electronics industry in the City of London. Tim then decided on a career change, finding time to race and restore a number of classic Jaguar E type cars while working as a Senior Project Manager for a series of major building projects around the world.

Tim was the curator of the 2015 Hall Street Museum project in Chelmsford, and in 2016 became the Consultant and Curator Sandford Mill Museum for Chelmsford City Museum Service, looking after the extensive technology collection and of course the original Writtle 2MT Hut. He is also the historic firearms consultant for the Essex Regiment Museum there.



Lord Ashcroft Building, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ
United Kingdom




All Dates

  • Wednesday, 10 June 2020 19:30 - 21:00