Poldhu, Mullion, TR12 7JB
Tel: (01326) 241656
Marconi's radio station
Poldhu Cove on the Lizard Peninsula was the of the transmitter for the first transatlantic radio signal. A signal from Guglielmo Marconi went from Poldhu Wireless Station to Signal Hill in St. John's Newfoundland , Canada on December 12th, 1901.
Marconi was quick to develop the commercial potential of radio. Lizard Wireless Station was one of a dozen coastal UK stations which handled ship to shore messages, for a fee. It was the first coastal radio station to receive an SOS call when in 1910 the 'Minnehaha', aground off the Isles of Scilly, radioed for help.
The new Marconi Centre is a hike up a hill to the top of the cliff. This is a new building that to house transmitting equipment and exhibits.
It was a joint project between The National Trust, Marconi Plc and Poldhu Amateur Radio Club and was built in 2001 to commemorate the centenary of the first transatlantic wireless signal which was sent from Poldhu to Newfoundland, Canada one hundred years previously.
The new centre has three objectives:
Funding for the centre has come from Objective One Partnership for Cornwall and Scilly and Marconi Plc, with the balance obtained from the National Trust's Enterprise Neptune Fund.
On the cliffs 0.5 mile west of Mullion Village.
25th March until 28th October
Lizard Peninsula Mullion Porthleven
Goonhilly Earth Satellite Station