Talk: Marconi and the Wireless Reporting of the Kingstown Regatta 1898

Talk: Marconi and the Wireless Reporting of the Kingstown Regatta 1898

Our Summer operations at Barbury Castle have now come to an end and so we return to Pinetrees on Thursday 7th of September and the start of the Autumn/Winter talk evenings.

On Thursday, we welcome back Dr. Elizabeth Bruton who many will remember gave us the fascinating presentation previously on Radio Amateurs operating during WWI.

Elizabeth now works for the Science Museum in London as the Curator of Engineering and Technology after a spell as Heritage Officer at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

Elizabeth on this occasion will be telling us about an event which took place in 1898 and heralded the arrival of wireless journalism.

After setting up a radio link at Rathlin Island in Ireland, Marconi accepted the challenge to give live reports by wireless of a major yachting event; namely the Kingstown Regatta.

After dismantling the equipment at Rathlin Island, it was erected on a hired tug boat which was used to relay the reports of the regatta to the Harbourmaster’s office in Kingstown. From there, the reports were passed to the press offices with a total of over 700 reports being sent during the Regatta.

The reporting was a great success and ensure plenty of publicity for Marconi and his Wireless system.

As those who saw Elizabeth’s last presentation will know, she has an incredible depth of knowledge on this subject matter and this will be a presentation not to be missed, so please join us from 7pm on Thursday 7th September at Pinetrees to see Dr. Bruton’s presentation.