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Radio Marconi

Key Stage: 4
Length: 1-2 hours (adaptable)
Maximum number: See Planning a visit [1]

The Museum has a fine collection of objects related to the early development of radio transmission known as the Marconi Collection.

This is a practical-led session that introduces students to the historical development of electrical communication from telegraphy to radio transmission. Students  see objects from the collection and develop their understanding of how radio receivers work by experiementing with simple crystal radio circuits which they are able to test in the Museum. They also have the opportunity to use telegraphic equipment and explore the use of Morse code for communication.

This session includes theoretical explanations concerning radio waves and the principles of tuning. It also offers particular insights into how science works and how scientific ideas are applied in areas such as telecommunications.

Marconi radio set

Marconi radio receiver