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Information about 2MT is - not surprisingly - scarce ! We are looking back over 90 years at a radio station that existed for approximately 30 minute per week for less than 1 year ! That said, perhaps the information that actually is available gives some measure of the impression that this short lived station had at the time & later in the minds of those involved & those who listened.
A tremendous amount of research has been carried out over the years by author Tim Wander who worked for the Marconi Company & who has an obvious passion for not only the 2MT story but also the whole Marconi history. Tim has written various books relating to the Marconi story & I recommend his 2010 book (2nd edition) '2MT Writtle - The Birth Of British Broadcasting' as a comprehensive guide to the history of 2MT. See our 'Links' page for further details.
Other publications are rare to find. Interestingly, the next 2 on my list are not on the shelves of the Chelmsford Library, but thankfully the very helpful people there located copies from the British Library & other interlending libraries ! 'The Power Behind the Microphone' was written by Peter Pendleton Eckersley in 1941 & details his major involvement with the BBC & early broadcasting. 'Prospero's Wireless', written by his son Myles Eckersley & published in 1997, gives a fascinating insight into his father's life & achievements. Both books provide further observations on the 2MT story.
Audio sources are also rare. No actual recordings of 2MT were made at the time although the sound of the station was recreated by Peter Eckersley in later celebrations of the BBC & 2MT. 2 excellent documentaries were made in the 1980's - 'Sounds from the Ether' by BBC Essex & '60 Years of Radio' by Essex Radio. Both contain interesting interviews & the 2MT recreation recordings. A collection of gramophone recordings was also made of a lecture given to the BBC Engineering Society by Peter Eckersley & others including Noel Ashbridge & Rowland Wynn in 1960, with various lighthearted recollections of the time in Writtle.
Perhaps one of the best ways to experience the atmosphere of the 2MT Writtle 'long low hut' is to actually visit it ! We are fortunate that this has survived & is preserved in the excellent Sandford Mill Museum in Chelmsford, where on public open days you will often find members of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society operating on the amateur radio bands, using traditional methods not far different from those early days together with current day technology. The history of the hut is well documented on display boards within.
An informative display board is also sited at Lawford Lane / Melba Court in Writtle, just a short distance from where the hut was originally sited, & a short walk from what used to be the Cock & Bell pub.
So -to date that sums up the extent of our research sources. Whilst this provides us with enough to gain a reasonable understanding of the sound & ethos of wireless station 2MT, we are curious as to whether any more information exists ! Therefore - as the title of this page implies - if you have any further information relating to 2MT then please help us & get in touch !